This volume explores the relationship between Kant's aesthetic theory and his critical epistemology as articulated in the Critique of Pure Reason and the Critique of the Power of Judgment. The essays, written specially for this volume, explore core elements of Kant's epistemology, such as his tions of discursive understanding, experience, and objective judgment. They also demonstrate a rich grasp of Kant's critical epistemology that enables a deeper understanding of his aesthetics. Collectively, the essays reveal that Kant's critical project, and the dialectics of aesthetics and cognition within it, is still relevant to contemporary debates in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the nature of experience and objectivity. The book also yields important lessons about the ineliminable, yet problematic place of imagination, sensibility and aesthetic experience in perception and cognition.
Rebecca Kukla is associate professor of philosophy at Carleton University in Ottawa, and has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Victoria. The author of Mass Hysteria: Medicine, Culture and Mothers' Bodies, she has contributed articles on epistemology, aesthetics, eighteenth century philosophy, philosophy of medicine, and bioethics to Philosophical Studies, Inquiry, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Hypatia, among other journals.