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Жизнено чувство и предустановена хармония: Кант между Лайбниц и Ницше
Vital Feeling and Pre-established Harmony: Kant between Leibniz and Nietzsche

Author(s): Ognian Kassabov
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Kant; beauty; enlivening; embodiment; harmony; teleology; organism; Leibniz; Nietzsche.

Summary/Abstract: At key places in the Analytic of the Beautiful, Kant points out that aesthetic experience is founded on a „feeling of life“ that we possess as the sensible and thinking beings we are. In this article, I reconstruct the main lines along which Kant conceives this under-researched vital feeling, arguing that it provides a promising starting point for grasping the unity of Kant’s aesthetics with Kant’s teleology, on its part devoted to the idea of life. The proposed unified reading of the third Critique places Kant in a broad field of thinking about the aesthetic, which includes Leibniz’s idea of a pre-established harmony and Nietzsche’s aesthetization of vitality.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 5-14
  • Page Count: 10