Kant: The Critique Of Judgement, By Immanuel Kant

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During the course of this essay I will attempt to distinguish between the meaning of the beautiful and the meaning of the sublime that are offered to the reader in the work of Immanuel Kant, the ‘Critique of Judgement’. My reasoning for choosing this particular question is my enthusiasm for the works of Immanuel Kant, not just the ‘Critique of Judgement’, but also his other renowned publications. His Kantian ethics, which revolve around the idea of a duty to moral law, is a concept which interested me greatly. For this reason, I wanted to further explore the writings of Kant, which involved studying his work on aesthetics. I will begin this essay I will first give a very brief outline of what Kant discusses at the beginning of the first book…show more content…
They are perhaps most prevalent in the world of nature. The beauty in that is readily found in nature has been the subject of intrigue from mankind since the beginning of time. It is discussed and portrayed through a vast array of mediums. When thinking of the beauty in nature one usually thinks of an everyday beauty, such as the blooming of a flower early on a spring morning. It is things such as these that we have been taught from a young age to possess beauty. It is in nature that we perhaps can find the most examples of the sublime, things we simply cannot begin to apprehend but must simply admire. Things such as the rising and setting of the sun we have grappled with for millennia, yet still cannot fully appreciate. The same can also be said for passing overhead of huge cloud formations, which have the ability to both frighten and delight. The sheer scale of many things in nature is enough for them to be classed as sublime, for example the Himalayas mountain range is something that is almost impossible for us as human beings to comprehend. In terms of art, the beautiful and sublime are often what are present in great works. Beauty is perhaps the thing that is most associated with famous works of art. Masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s ‘David’ or his work in the Sistine Chapel are striking examples of the beauty that is prominent in the world of art. The beauty in these works is easily recognisable, as one shows an immediate appreciation for the quality that is present. The sublime is also widely present in the world of art. The work by Caspar David Friedrich ‘Moonrise on the Seashore’, is an example of the mathematical sublime, as it attempts to portray the insignificance of human beings in the overall scheme of life. J.M.W.’s ‘Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps’ is an example of the dynamical sublime. The work portrays the sheer power of nature, along
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