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* Discusses and demystifies Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment and connects it to Kant's other relevant work. * Explains difficult concepts in plain language, using numerous examples and a helpful glossary. * Proceeds in the same order as Kant's text for ease of reference and comprehension.

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An Introduction to Kant's Aesthetics: Core Concepts and Problems by Christian Helmut Wenzel

In "An Introduction to Kant's Aesthetics", Christian Wenzel discusses and demystifies "Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment", guiding the reader each step of the way and placing key points of discussion in the context of Kant's other work. This work: explains difficult concepts in plain language, using numerous examples and a helpful glossary; proceeds in the same order as Kant's text for ease of reference and comprehension; includes an illuminating foreword by Henry E. Allison; offers twenty-six further-reading sections, commenting briefly on books and articles from the English, German, and French, that are relevant for each topic; and, provides an extensive bibliography and a chapter summarizing Kant's main points.

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An Introduction to Kant's Aesthetics Reviews

"As an overall assessment, then, this is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and meticulous "guides" to Kant's aesthetic theory. Even though Wenzel clearly adopts a slightly different approach to Kant's aesthetic theory than this reviewer, this book is probably the best introductory volume currently available." Elisabeth Shellekens, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism "In sum, I highly recommend this book to students and scholars with some familiarity with Kant and the "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment." This book will surely deepen their understanding of Kant." Kenneth F. Rogerson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Wenzel's book is an invaluable aid for all serious students of Kant's third Critique. The reconstruction of arguments is clear and concise; the annotated bibliography is remarkably knowledgeable and helpful." Karl Ameriks, University of Notre Dame "This volume will be indispensable to any new reader of Kant's third Critique who seeks illumination of its key concepts, insights into its philosophical context, and guidance for further study." Eckart Forster, Johns Hopkins University

About Christian Helmut Wenzel

Christian Helmut Wenzel is Associate Professor at the National Chi Nan University in Taiwan. He is the author of The Problem of Subjective Universality of the Judgment of Taste in Kant,published in German (2000).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Henry E. Allison. Acknowledgments. About This Book. Note on the Translation. Introduction. The Aesthetic Dimension Between Subject and Object. The Meaning of "Aesthetic". Categories as a Guide. The "Moments" of a Judgment of Taste. Part I: Disinterestedness: First Moment. Disinterestedness as a Subjective Criterion. Three Kinds of Satisfaction: Agreeable, Beautiful, Good. Part II: Universality: Second Moment. The Argument from Self-Reflection: Private, Public, Universal. Subjective Universality. A Case of Transcendental Logic. Singular "but" Universal. How to read Section 9. Part III: Purposiveness: Third Moment. Purpose without Will, Purposiveness without Purpose. Purposiveness and Form: Charm versus Euler. Of "Greatest Importance": Beauty and Perfection. Beauty: Free, Dependent, and Ideal. Part IV: Necessity: Fourth Moment. Exemplary Necessity. Kant's Interpretation of the sensus communis. The Deduction. PartV: Fine Art, Nature, and Genius. Fine Art and Why It Must Seem like Nature. Genius and Taste. Genius and Aesthetic Ideas. Part VI: Beyond Beauty. The Sublime. Beauty as the Symbol of Morality. The Analytic, the Dialectic, and the Supersensible. Part VII: Two Challenges. Can Kant's Aesthetics Account for the Ugly?. Can there be Beauty and Genius in Mathematics?. Summary and Overview. Before Kant. Kant's Aesthetics. After Kant. Glossary. Bibliography. Index

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An Introduction to Kant's Aesthetics: Core Concepts and Problems by Christian Helmut Wenzel
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