Beauty as a symbol of natural systematicity

British Journal of Aesthetics 46 (4):406-415 (2006)
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Abstract

I examine Kant's claim that a relation of symbolization links judgments of beauty and judgments of ‘systematicity’ in nature (that is, judgments concerning the ordering of natural forms under hierarchies of laws). My aim is to show that the symbolic relation between the two is, for Kant, much closer than many commentators think: it is not only the form but also the objects of some of our judgments of taste that symbolize the systematicity of nature.

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Andrew Chignell
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