The Problem of Free Harmony in Kant's Aesthetics

By Kenneth F. Rogerson

Subjects: Philosophy, Aesthetics
Paperback : 9780791476260, 144 pages, July 2009
Hardcover : 9780791476253, 144 pages, November 2008

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Table of contents

Note on Citations and Translations

1. The Problem of Free Harmony

2. The Doctrine of Aesthetic Ideas

3. Natural and Artistic Beauty

4. Free Harmony and Aesthetic Pleasure

5. The Extensiveness of the Criterion of Beauty

6. Beauty, Free Harmony, and Moral Duty

Appendix: The Meaning of Universal Validity in Kant’s Aesthetics
Postscript: The Argument for Universal Validity

A study of the first half of Kant’s Critique of Judgment.


In this book, Kenneth F. Rogerson explores the first half of Kant's Critique of Judgment, entitled the "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment." Rogerson provides an interpretation of arguably the most important issue in Kant's aesthetic theory, namely, a free harmony of the imagination and understanding. He uses this interpretation to explore several other important issues in Kant's aesthetic theory, including his distinction between art and natural beauty, the doctrine of aesthetic ideas, and the connection between beauty and morality.

Kenneth F. Rogerson is Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University. He is the author of Kant's Aesthetics: The Roles of Form and Expression and the editor of Introduction to Ethical Theory.


"…an admirable example of analytic history of philosophy." — H-Net Reviews