Journal of Philosophical Investigations

Document Type : Research Paper


Associate Professor, University of IRIB, Tehran, Iran.


Kant limits aesthetics to judgment of taste. The faculty of judgment issues ugly and beautiful arbitration in relation to the pleasure of the external object. Kant considers aesthetic judgment as a cognitive judgment a priori sentence, and inserts it under the title a priori mental categories, indicates: "quantity", "quality", "modality", and "relation". With this approach the aesthetic judgment while being a "singular judgment", must be accordance with the a priori of quantity requirement, have "generally" and "including validity", and so on its "purposiveness" from, because of the inclusion in the a priori category of "relation" must have no purpose. Also the a priori category of quality requires the judgment of taste not to interest, this requirement in the issuance process of aesthetic judgment no conceptual interest should be involved, while the imagination faculty despite all possibilities can only simulate the understanding faculty, and without its conseptualazion cannot issue a general judgment.


Main Subjects

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  • Hutcheson, Francis (1725) An inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, London.
  • Kant, Immanuel (2000) Critique of the Power of Judgment (1970) trans. Paul Guyer and Eric Matthews (Cambridge.
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