Analysis Of Immanuel Kant's Critique Of The Sublime

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In Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgement, Kant analyzes the meaning of the beautiful and the sublime and how they contrast from each other by employing nature through his analysis. In book one of Kant’s Critique of Judgement titled Analytic of the Beautiful, he argues that the judgement of beauty is disinterested and that it is both subjective and universal simultaneously. On the other hand, in the Analytic of the Sublime, Kant analyzes the sublime as an idea that cannot fully be grasped by the mind. While the concept of the beautiful and the sublime are considerably different to Kant, Kant uses nature to describe beauty as something that is concerned with form and appears to be “purposive without purpose”, whereas he uses nature to depict that the sublime is formless and that the sublime unlike the beautiful appears as contra-purposive. Though the two concepts contrasts since the beautiful has form while the sublime is formless, Kant utilizes nature in both the beautiful and the sublime effectively because it allows the reader to understand the difference between them by connecting the physical appearance of nature to the beautiful while connecting the intangible feeling that nature gives off to the sublime. The judgement of beautiful, according to Kant, appears to be “purposive without purpose”. Kant says “Hence there can be purposiveness without a purpose, insofar as we do not posit the causes of this form in a will, and yet can grasp the explanation of its possibility
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