Part Five – Exercise 5.1: Kant Summary

Access a summary of Kant’s Critique of Judgement and select three key points that you should then further summarize in approx. 50 words each.


Key points selected [1] from Critique of Judgement by Immanuel Kant (1790)


1) The Beauty

Aesthetic judgements of beauty are based on feeling of pleasure and depend on an interplay of imagination and understanding. They are independent of individual desires for apparent objects with a ‘purposiveness’ in itself as being considered beautiful. These judgements have a universal validity because of the conditions of ‘free’ cognition. (50 words)

2) Production of ‘beautiful’ work (Fine Art)

Beautiful objects in the form of produced ‘fine art’ relate to the natural capacity of ‘genius’, an inability to explain. They cannot be produced through learning or conscious rules, but are an expression of aesthetic ideas, a representation of the imagination. Aesthetic ideas are giving form to rational ideas. (49 words)

3) The Sublime

Aesthetic judgement of the sublime is based on feeling, similar to beauty. It differentiates from it by the superiority of the power of reason over nature that surpasses sensual experience and exceeds one’s capacity to comprehend through imagination. It relates to a fearful and ‘irresistible’ nature and displeasure in a dynamic alteration with pleasure.[2]  (54 words)



[1] I selected these for its relevance to art and my own interest in the sublime.

[2] Examples in nature are mountains and the sea, as well overhanging cliffs, volcanoes and thunder clouds



(see also my remarks on selection of reference)

  3 comments for “Part Five – Exercise 5.1: Kant Summary

  1. November 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Succinct and super interesting – I had a vague idea of the sublime. Now I can see that I need to research more into this. I found an anthology whitechapel series of anthologies ‘The sublime’ that I’l purchase…… Reading Kant seems too daunting for me at this stage – but I sense an important direction here, Thank you, as always, for sharing this phenomenal journey.

    • Stefan
      November 4, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Inger for your engagement – you might want to look at my post for painting 1 where I looked at a wider scope of the sublime. There is also a good series about the sublime at Tate. Kant is not Burke – both are related the sublime nature , Luy Taymans for example painted a very large scale still life as his ‘sublime’ response to 9/11. I have the whitechapel book, find their series excellent

      • November 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

        Thanks you so much for sharing even more Will follow those tracks….thank you/Inger 🙂 🙂

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