In THE CRITIQUE OF JUDGMENT (1790), Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) seeks
to establish the a priori principles underlying the faculty of
judgement, just as he did in his previous critiques of pure and
practical reason. The first part deals with the subject of our
aesthetic sensibility; we respond to certain natural phenomena as
beautiful, says Kant, when we recognise in nature a harmonious
order that satisfies the mind's own need for order. The second half
of the critique concentrates on the apparent teleology in nature's
design of organisms. Kant argues that our minds are inclined to see
purpose and order in nature and this is the main principle
underlying all of our judgements. Although this might imply a super
sensible Designer, Kant insists that we cannot prove a supernatural
dimension or the existence of God. Such considerations are beyond
reason and are solely the province of faith.
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