Special Topics in Western Philosophers

- Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment

(Dr. Tze-wan Kwan)



Course Code: PHI 5030       (Fall, 2006)    Venue: MMW-707               Time: Wed 06-08


Course description:


     This course focuses on Kant's third major work in his programme of “critical philosophy” - the Critique of [the Power of] Judgment. As the keystone to Kant's philosophical edifice, the Critique of Judgment is well known for its wide scope of interest and its complexity in structure. This course covers both parts of the third Critique, namely, that of Aesthetic Judgment and of Teleological Judgment. In order to expound the contextual significance of the third Critique in the midst of Kant's philosophical work, excerpts from other related texts, including the first two Critiques, The Metaphysics of Morals, as well as the posthumously published Reflexionen, will be introduced wherever appropriate. For the sake of better dialogue between the participants, a good knowledge of the general history of Western philos­ophy is required. Previous enrollment in courses on Kant is a definite advantage although not a prerequisite for taking this course. The course consists of both lectures and seminar sessions to be held in alternate intervals. A written report on a topic previously agreed upon is required toward the end of the semester. Assessment will be made on the readiness for discussion in class as well as on the final written report.



Main Texts:


Kritik der Urtheilskraft, in: Kants Gesammelte Schriften (Akademie-Ausgabe), Band 5 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1908)

Kritik der Urteilskraft : Philosophische Bibliothek Band 39a (Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 1968).

Critique of Judgment, trans. (1892) with introduction by J.H. Bernard (New York: Hafner, 1972).

Critique of Judgment, trans. (1928, 1952) by James Creed Meredith (Oxford: OUP, 1964).

Critique of Judgment, including the First Introduction, translated with an introduction by Werner S. Pluhar (1987) with a Forward by Mary J. Gregor (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1987). (The “First Introduction” included).

Erste Fassung der Einleitung in die Kritik der Urteilskraft, in: Immanuel Kant: Werke in Sechs Bänden, Band V, hrsg. von Wilhelm Weischedel (Wies­baden: Insel-Verlag, 1958). Pp.173-232.

First Introduction to the Critique of Judgment, translated by J. Haden (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965).

《判斷力批判》: 宗白華 [上卷], 韋卓民 [下卷] 合譯(北京: 商務, 1964/1987.

《判斷力之批判》: 牟宗三譯註, 上下冊(台北: 學生書局, 1992-93.

《判斷力批判》:鄧曉芒譯,楊祖陶校(北京: 人民出版社, 2004


Other Related Texts by Kant:


Critique of Pure Reason, translated by Norman K. Smith (London: McMillan). See also Smith’ translation in electronic format. Etext provided by Steven Palmquist of the Baptist University, HTML and on-line search engine prepared by Tze-wan Kwan and Chong-fuk Lau of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, available at: http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Philosophy/Kant/cpr

Critique of Practical Reason, translated by Lewis White Beck (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1956).

Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, translated by Theodore M. Greene and Hoyt H. Hudson (New York: Harper & Row, 1960).

Beobachtungen über das Gefühl des Schönen und Erhabenen (1764), in Kants Gesammelte Schriften, Band II (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1905, 1968), pp. 205-256. English translation by John T. Goldthwait: Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960, 1991).

The Metaphysics of Morals, translated and edited by Mary Gregor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Opus Postumum, edited, with an introduction and notes, by Eckart Förster; translated by Eckart Förster and Michael Rosen (Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Die drei Kritiken in ihrem Zusammenhang mit dem Gesamtwerk. Mit verbindendem Text zusammengefasst von Raymund Schmidt (Stuttgart: Kröner, 1975).

Philosophical Correspondence (1759-99), edited and translated by Arnulf Zweig (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967).


Secondary Readings:


Adickes, Erich, Kants Systematik als systembildender Factor (Berlin: Mayer & Müller, 1887).

Biemel, Walter, Die Bedeutung von Kants Begründung der Ästhetik für die Philosophie der Kunst (Köln: Kölner Universität Verlag, 1959).

Burnham, Douglas, An Introduction to Kant’s Critique of Judgement (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000).

Cassirer, Ernst, "Die Kantischen Elemente in Wilhelm von Humboldts Sprachphilosophie", in: Festschrift für Paul Hensel, hrsg. von Julius Binder (Greiz i.V., 1923), pp. 105-127.

Cassirer, Ernst, Kants Leben und Lehre (Darmstadt: WBG, 1977). English translation available: Kant's Life and Work.

Cassirer, H.W., (Heinrich Walter), A Commentary on Kant's "Critique of Judgment” (London: Methuen, 1938; Ann Arbor: University Microfilms Int’l, 1978).

Caygill, Howard, A Kant dictionary (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994).

Chadwick, Ruth F. (ed.), Immanuel Kant: critical assessments (London : Routledge, 1992).

Dorner, "Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft in ihrer Beziehung zu den beiden anderen Kritiken und zu den nachkantischen Systemen", in: Kant-Studien Band 4, 1900, Pp. 248-285.

Düsing, Klaus, Die Teleologie in Kants Weltbegriff (Bonn: Bouvier, 1968).

Feger, Hans, Die Macht der Einbildungskraft in der Ästhetik Kants und Schillers (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 1995).

Gram, Moltke S., Kant: Disputed Questions (Atascadero: Ridgeview Publishing Co., 1984).

Guyer, Paul, Kant and the Claims of Taste (Cambridge: CUP., 1979).

Guyer, Paul (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Kant (Cambridge: CUP., 1992).

Heintel, Peter and Ludwig Nagl (hrsg.), Zur Kantforschung der Gegenwart (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1981).

Heimsoeth, Heinz, Studien zur Philosophie Immanuel Kants, Band I und II (Köln/Bonn: Bouvier, 1956/1970).

Heimsoeth, Heinz (ed.), Studien zu Kants philosophischer Entwicklung (Hildesheim: Olms, 1967).

Henrich, Dieter, Aesthetic Judgment and the Moral Image of the World: Studies in Kant (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992).

Henrich, Dieter, The unity of reason: essays on Kant's philosophy, edited, with an introduction by Richard L. Velkley; trans. Jeffrey Edwards et al. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994).

Hoke, Robinson (ed.), Spindel Conference: System and Teleology in Kant's Critique of Judgment (Southern Journal of Philosophy Supplement).

Kaulbach, Friedrich, Immanuel Kant (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1969).

Kemal, Salim, Kant and Fine Art. An Essay on Kant and the Philosophy of Fine Art and Culture (Oxford: OUP, 1986).

Kroner, Richard, Von Kant bis Hegel, 2 Bände, 3. Auflage (Tübingen: Mohr, 1977).

Kulenkampff, Jens, Materialien zu Kants 'Kritik der Urtielskraft' (Frank­furt/M: Suhrkamp, 1974).

Lehmann, Gerhard, Kants Nachlaßwerk und die Kritik der Urteilskraft (Ber­lin: Junker und Dünnhaupt Verlag, 1939).

Louden, Robert, Kant's Impure Ethics: From Rational Beings to Human Beings (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Macmillan, R.A.C., The Crowning Phase of the Critical Philosophy: A Study in Kant's Critique of Judgment (London: MacMillan, 1912), (New York: Garland, 1976).

Makkreel, Rudolf, “Imagination and Temporality in Kant’s Theory of the Sublime”, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol.42, No.3 (Spring 1984), pp. 303-315 (JStor).

Makkreel, Rudolf, Imagination and Interpretation in Kant—The Hermeneutical Import of the Critique of Judgment (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1990).

Mörchen, Hermann, Die Einbildungskraft bei Kant (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970).

Noûs, Vol. 24, No. 1, On the Bicentenary of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment, March, 1990, with contributions by R. Butts, Paul Guyer, Christel Fricke, Hannah Ginsborg, Klaus Düsing, Jens Keulenkampff, Harald Pilot, Ted Cohen, et al.

Paul, Gregor S., Die Kantische Geschmacksästhetik als Philosophie der Kunst, Inaugural-Dissertation (Mannheim, 1976).

Ricoeur, Paul, “The Teleological and Deontological Structures of Action: Aristotle and/or Kant?” in: Contemporary French Philosophy, edited by A. Phillips Griffiths (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987). Pp. 99-130.

Romundt, Heinrich, “Die Mittelstellung der Kritik der Urteilskraft, Kants Entwurf zu einem philosophischen System”, in: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Band 24, Pp. 482-493.

Schlapp, Otto, Kants Lehre vom Genie und die Entstehung der `Kritik der Urteilskraft' (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1901).

Uehling, Theodore Edward, The Notion of Form in Kant's Critique of Aestheti­cal Judgment (The Hague: Mouton, 1971).

Vaihinger, Hans, Die Philosophie des Als Ob (1911) (Berlin: Reuther & Reichard, 2. Auf., 1913); English trans­lation by C.K.Ogden: The Philosophy of “As If” (London: Routledge & KP, 1924).

Wenzel, Christian Helmut, Subjektive Allgemeingültigkeit des Geschmacksurteils bei Kant (Kantstudien-Ergänzungsheft 137) (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000).

Wenzel, Christian Helmut, An Introduction to Kant's Aesthetics (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).

Werkmeister, W.H., Kant: Architectonic and Development of his Philosophy (La Salle and London: Open Court, 1980).

Zammito, John H., The Genesis of Kant's Critique of Judgment (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992).

Kwan Tze-wan, “Zur Systematik und Teleologie der Phänomenologie Husserls” (manuscript, 1979, 86 pages).

Kwan Tze-wan, “Kant’s ‘humanistic’ conception of religion”, in: Tunghai Jour­nal, Tunghai University Press, Vol. 24, 1983, pp. 95-120.

Kwan Tze-wan, “The Idea of God in Kant’s moral theology”, in: Dialogue & Alliance, Vol.1, No.1, New York, 1987, pp. 41-57.

Kwan Tze-wan, “Kant’s Possible Contribution to Natural Law Debates”. Paper presented at the Beijing International Symposium on Kant's Moral Philosophy in Contemporary Perspectives, organized by Peking University and Goethe-Institut Peking. Held May 17-19, 2004, in Beijing. Pending publication.

關子尹,〈判斷力批判與康德超驗哲學的完成〉 [“Critique of Judgment and the completion of the transcendental philosophy of Kant”], in: Legein Monthly 《鵝湖月刊》, Vol. 1, Nos. 7, 8, and 9, Taipei 1976.

關子尹,〈本體現象權實辯解〉 ["On Kant's real/problematic distinction between Phaenomena and Noumena"], in: Tunghai Journal《東海學報》Vol.26, 1985, pp. 173-209

關子尹,〈康德與現象學傳統-有關主體性哲學的一點思考〉[Kant and Phenomenology: Some Reflections on the Philosophy of Subjectivity], presented in the Sixth Conference of the Society of Chinese Phenomenology, Beijing, October 16-19, 1999. Published in the series《中國現象學與哲學評論》,第四輯 (上海:上海譯文出版社, 2001), pp. 141-184.

(Last updated: 12 September 2006)