XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

The Significance of Taste: Does Kant Celebrate Humanity Itself?

Feng-Wei Wu

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Verri
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


In Kant’s theoretical and practical philosophy, he basically holds the view that we should overcome our imperfect human nature and advance human development via the use of reason. If we read Kant simply this way, we would tend to conclude that Kant does not celebrate humanity itself. But if we turn to Kant’s third Critique, it is not the case. Humanity itself stands out. By and through the use of our reflecting judgment and the free play between imagination and understanding, we have the feeling of pleasure and displeasure, which is totally human. In this paper, I argue that Kant does celebrate humanity itself, which makes the third Critique different from the other parts of his critical philosophy.