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Fine Art

  • Mary A. McCloskey
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Abstract

Up to Section 43 Kant treats successful works of art and beautiful natural objects equally, as examples of beautiful things. Both, according to his analysis, are to be judged universally and necessarily pleasing in virtue of their being of a perceptual form which is suitable for setting the cognitive powers, imagination and understanding, into harmonious free play. Such universality and necessity is for both kinds of examples, underpinned by the finality of such forms for human perception. The pleasure taken in each, is the pleasure felt in realising the powers brought to bear in perception to the full. Critics as well as connoisseurs of nature must concentrate upon,

the investigation of the faculties of cognition and their function in these judgements, and the illustration, by the analysis of examples, of their mutual subjective finality, the form of which in a given representation has been shown above to constitute the beauty of their object.1

Keywords

Natural Object Definite Concept Perceptual Form Aesthetic Judgement Cognitive Power 
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