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Immanuel Kant
Evanston, IL, March 2002


The Critique of Judgment
Observations on the Feelings of the Beautiful and Sublime
Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View

1ST German Studies Graduate Student Conference
(In conjunction with the Kant Conference listed below)
Sponsored by the Dept. of German Literature & Critical Thought
of Northwestern University
March 9, 2002

Kant's writings on aesthetics are contained in Observations on the Feeling
of the Beautiful and Sublime, Anthropology from a Pragmatic Viewpoint, and
principally in The Critique of Judgment. According to Hegel, Kant 'spoke
the first rational word on aesthetics', and The Critique of Judgment has
formed the basis of much subsequent writing on the theory of art and
beauty. Kant distinguished judgments about beauty from scientific
judgments, moral judgments, judgments of utility, and judgments about
pleasure. As against the empirical trend of English 18th-cent. aesthetic
writing Kant maintained that the judgment of beauty claims universal
acceptance and is not derivable from or reducible to empirical conformity.
As against intellectualist aesthetics he maintained that beauty is not
reducible to rule or concept but results from a direct verdict of feeling.
Kant seems to have resolved this antinomy by his view that beauty is
'purposiveness without purpose', consisting in the adaptedness of the
object to human faculties of contemplation.

Anthropology as the 'study of man' goes back to the beginnings of
philosophy. The term 'anthropology' was used by Kant to denote a specific
field of philosophy.  Kant's Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View
deals not with physiological anthropology -- the study of 'what nature
makes of man', but with pragmatic anthropology -- with 'what man as a
freely acting entity makes of himself or can and should make of himself'.
Kant attempts to describe a systematic doctrine of the knowledge of
humankind. Physical anthropology came into its own only in the wake of
German idealism. For 'anthropos', 'man', contrasts, not only with 'God',
but also with 'soul', 'mind', 'spirit', 'thought', 'consciousness', words
denoting the mental and intellectual aspect of man that the idealists
tended to stress.  What impact has Kant's Aesthetic theories and doctrines
concerning human action, judgments, and knowledge, had on the disciplines
of Anthropology, Art, German, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political
Science, and Sociology?

Presentations should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. Please submit a
one-page abstract

By Mail:
Ananda Turner
Northwestern University
Department of German Literature & Critical Thought
Evanston, Illinois   60208-2203, USA

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The Graduate Student Conference is in conjunction with the Faculty
conference described below

Political Dimensions of Kant's "The Critique of Judgment" Conference
Co-sponsored by the Department of German Literature & Critical Thought
and The Department of Political Science
Northwestern University         Evanston, Illinois      USA
March 1-2, 2002