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This 2006 quantity explores the connection among Kant's aesthetic idea and his severe epistemology as articulated within the Critique of natural cause and the Critique of the ability of Judgment.

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According to Kant, on Ginsborg’s reading, such associations are a transcendental condition for the possibility of perceptual experience rather than an effect of it. Furthermore, in our act of associating a sensible presentation with others (of this tree with other trees, for instance), we take it that this association is an instance of what everyone should do under the circumstances, so that “the generality of my disposition is thus . . ” Both our dispositions to associate and our justification for imputing these dispositions to others are grounded in our natural psychology, where that natural psychology is amenable to normative negotiation and development.

I want to suggest that when Kant speaks of judgment as “thinking the particular as contained under the universal,” he has the second as well as the first sense of universality in mind. “Thinking the particular under the universal” means not only thinking of an object as having a feature shared in common with a multiplicity of other objects, but also thinking of one’s own particular response to an object as universal or universally valid, as one does in a judgment of taste. More specifically, 3 4 There is also a related question of how we can think a particular concept or law under a higher-level concept or law; I leave this question aside in the present essay.

The essays in Part II, by Paul Guyer, Henry Allison, Melissa Zinkin, and B´eatrice Longuenesse, seek to understand the cognitive structure of pure judgments of taste, which do not involve subsumption under determinate concepts. They ask how such judgments are structurally related 26 Rebecca Kukla to and different from regular cognitive judgments; how they engage the faculty of concepts and the synthetic activities of the imagination; and, perhaps most importantly, how they manage to be governed by normative standards with universal validity, given their lack of objectivity and their failure to be governed by discursive rules.

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