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The Genesis of Kants Critique of Judgment John H. Zammito

The Genesis of Kants Critique of Judgment

John H. Zammito

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ISBN : 9780226978543
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490 pages
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In this philosophically sophisticated and historically significant work, John H. Zammito reconstructs Kants composition of The Critique of Judgment and reveals that it underwent three major transformations before publication. He shows that Kant notMoreIn this philosophically sophisticated and historically significant work, John H. Zammito reconstructs Kants composition of The Critique of Judgment and reveals that it underwent three major transformations before publication. He shows that Kant not only made his cognitive turn, expanding the project from a Critique of Taste to a Critique of Judgment but he also made an ethical turn. This ethical turn was provoked by controversies in German philosophical and religious culture, in particular the writings of Johann Herder and the Sturm und Drang movement in art and science, as well as the related pantheism controversy. Such topicality made the Third Critique pivotal in creating a Kantian movement in the 1790s, leading directly to German Idealism and Romanticism.The austerity and grandeur of Kants philosophical writings sometimes make it hard to recognize them as the products of a historical individual situated in the particular constellation of his time and society. Here Kant emerges as a concrete historical figure struggling to preserve the achievements of cosmopolitan Aufkl-rung against challenges in natural science, religion, and politics in the late 1780s. More specifically Zammito suggests that Kants Third Critique was animated throughout by a fierce personal rivalry with Herder and by a strong commitment to traditional Christian ideas of God and human moral freedom.A work of extraordinary erudition. Zammitos study is both comprehensive and novel, connecting Kants work with the aesthetic and religious controversies of the late eighteenth century. He seems to have read everything. I know of no comparable historical study of Kants Third Critique.-Arnulf Zweig, translator and editor of Kants -IPhilosophical Correspondence, 1759-1799-XAn intricate, subtle, and exciting explanation of how Kants thinking developed and adjusted to new challenges over the decade from the first edition of the Critique of Pure Reason to the appearance of the Critique of Judgment.—John W. Burbidge, Review of MetaphysicsThere has been for a long time a serious gap in English commentary on Kants Critique of Judgment- Zammitos book finally fills it. All students and scholars of Kant will want to consult it.—Frederick Beiser, Times Literary Supplement