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The Analytic of the Sublime

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Why does Kant feel the need to augment the Analytic of the Beautiful with an Analytic of the Sublime? This question necessarily arises the moment we note the possibility of giving a justification of the architectonic of the Analytic of the Beautiful. The inclusion of an Analytic of the Sublime considerably complicates the question of the architectonic of the Critique of Aesthetic Judgment. To discuss the sublime entails admitting that taste is not coterminous with aesthetics. Further, we have to account for the fact that the Analytic of Aesthetic Judgment is itself not merely internally divided, but that only one of its moments (the Analytic of the Beautiful) carries through to inclusion and discussion in the Dialectic of Aesthetic Judgment.

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  1. Apart from the aforementioned work of Lyotard (who has also written elsewhere on the topic of sublime judgments), cf. Rudolf A. Makkreel (1990) Imagination and Interpretation In Kant: The Hermeneutical Import of The Critique of Judgment (University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London)

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  2. Donald W. Crawford (1985) ‘The Place of the Sublime in Kant’s Aesthetic Theory’, in R. Kennington (ed.) (1985) The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant (Catholic University of America Press: Washington) and Jacques Derrida, op. cit., pp. 119–47.

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Banham, G. (2000). The Analytic of the Sublime. In: Kant and the Ends of Aesthetics. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230287600_5

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