The Normativity of Nature: Essays on Kant's Critique of Judgement

2015.10.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hannah Ginsborg, The Normativity of Nature: Essays on Kant's Critique of Judgement, Oxford University Press, 2015, 364pp., $40.00
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2015.10.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hannah Ginsborg, The Normativity of Nature: Essays on Kant's Critique of Judgement, Oxford University Press, 2015, 364pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199547982. Reviewed by Patricia Kitcher, Columbia University Collections invite the question of whether the whole is more than the sum of its (almost entirely) previously published parts. The divisions of The Normativity of Nature into papers on aesthetics, cognition and teleology raise an additional question: What do these issues have to do with each other? Both questions can be given a single answer. Over the last 25 years, Hannah Ginsborg has developed a systematic and highly original line of thought that connects questions about what it means to look at the natural world through the lens of teleology to puzzles about aesthetic judgments and about the ability to acquire concepts. Since none of the issues are simple and the connections among them are surprising,. . .

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