Drawing on resources from both the Analytical and Continental traditions, Form and World argues that a comprehension of Kant's aesthetics is necessary for grasping the scope and force of his epistemology. Fiona Hughes draws on phenomenological and aesthetic resources to bring out the continuing relevance of Kant's project. One of the difficulties faced in reading the Critique of Pure Reason is finding a way of reading the text as one continuous discussion. This book offers a reading at each stage of Kant's epistemological argument, showing how various elements of Kant's argument, often thought of as extraneous or indefensible, can be integrated. This incisive study, arguing for the centrality of aesthetics in philosophy, and within experience in general, challenges a blind spot in the Anglo-American tradition of philosophy and will contribute to a growing interest in the general significance of aesthetic culture.
Fiona Hughes is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex. Fiona is author of published articles on Kant and aesthetics and on Nietzsche, aesthetics and hermeneutic, and edited the section on Hermeneutics in The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 1998). Currently writing a book on aesthetics and the arts.
Acknowledgements; Kant References; Introduction; Chapter One: The Centrality of the Problem of Formalism; Chapter Two: Formalism and the Circle of Representations; Chapter Three: Formal Idealism and the Aesthetic Condition of Experience; Chapter Four: The Deep Structure of Synthesis; Chapter Five: The Completion of the Subjective Deduction in the Deductions of the Critique of Judgement; Chapter Six: A Priori Knowledge as the Anticipation of a Material Given and the Need for a Spatial Schematism; Chapter Seven: Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement; Chapter Eight: Aesthetic Judgement's Exemplary Exhibition of Cognition; Afterword; Bibliography; Author/ subject index.