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Immanuel Kant’s Judgment of Taste

Immanuel Kant’s Judgment of Taste

Question Description

I’m working on a art writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Read excerpts from one of the most famous texts about the judgement of taste (how do we decide if a work of art is good or bad?), Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment, which he wrote in 1790. It is short, but is not an easy read–take your time and digest it as you go.

I would much rather see you write in your own words about struggling with Kant than write beautifully based on something that you got from online. 

1. For Kant, what is the difference between the pleasant and the beautiful? How do they affect us differently? Why is the beautiful different from the pleasant?

2. Kant argues that the feeling of pleasure must follow and not precede a judgment of what is beautiful. He clearly does not want judgments of beauty to be based on pleasure. Why not? Kant describes a different pleasure than sensory pleasure – the pleasure of our cognitive powers when they are in free play. Why would this type of pleasure be different than the pleasure we get from sensation?

3. Kant describes judgments of beauty as grounded in the free play of our cognitive faculties. When we communicate judgments of beauty, we are telling others about our state of mind and expect that the object of the judgment creates a similar state of mind in others. What do you think this free play means? Why would Kant want it to be communicable?