Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

Immanuel Kant

Language: English

Pages: 399

ISBN: 2:00148614

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Immanuel Kant - Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Other Writings. Edited and Translated by: Patrick Frierson, Paul Guyer. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 396 pages (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy). ISBN: 9780521711135

This volume collects Kant's most important ethical and anthropological writings from the 1760s, before he developed his critical philosophy. The materials presented here range from the Observations, one of Kant's most elegantly written and immediately popular texts, to the accompanying Remarks which Kant wrote in his personal copy of the Observations and which are translated here in their entirety for the first time. This edition also includes little-known essays as well as personal notes and fragments that reveal the emergence of Kant's complex philosophical ideas. Those familiar with Kant's later works will discover a Kant interested in the 'beauty' as well as the 'dignity' of humanity, in human diversity as well as the universality of morals, and in practical concerns rather than abstract philosophizing. Readers will be able to see Kant's development from the Observations through the Remarks towards the moral philosophy that eventually made him famous.



















the beautiful. To anyone familiar with either Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful or Kant’s own later treatment of the beautiful and sublime in the Critique of the Power of Judgment, it will be clear why Kant entitled his book Observations rather than Philosophical Enquiry. Kant’s observation that “the sublime touches, the beautiful charms,” or his distinction between “the terrifying sublime, . . . the noble, and . . . the magnificent”

craved with my most lively feeling should not be reckoned among the useful things. Nevertheless, taking everything on this footing, he who is ruled by self-interest is a person with whom one must never argue concerning the finer taste. In this consideration a hen is better than a parrot, a cook pot more useful than a porcelain service, all the sharp heads in the world are not worth as much as a peasant, and the effort to discover the distance of the fixed stars can be left aside until people have

all the savages there is no people which demonstrates such a sublime character of mind as that of North America. They have a strong feeling for honor, and as in hunt of it they will seek wild adventures hundreds of miles away, they are also extremely careful to avoid the least injury to it where their ever so harsh enemy, after he has captured them, tries to force a cowardly sigh from them by dreadful tortures. The Canadian savage is moreover truthful and honest. The friendship he establishes is

those that aim at morality. This faith is either natural or supernatural; the former is [breaks off] [] Reverse Opposite page , at : Providence is primarily to be praised in that it accords quite well with the present state of human beings, namely, that their foolish wishes do not conform to [its] direction, that they suffer for their follies, and nothing wants to harmonize with the human being who has stepped out [:] of the order of nature. If we consider the needs of animals [and]

[:] kills another in order to take his money, it will be judged that, because he has valued another’s life as less than his own money, one must also value his life less than the amount of money settled for anyone else’s life Few care about deceiving their prince, which is a sign that they feel the injustice of the government  Indoles est vel ingenua vel servilis abiecta haec vel tanquam mercenarii vel tanquam

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