'Until Art Once More Becomes Nature': Culture and the Unity of Kant's Critique of Judgment

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Commentators have turned increasing attention to the question of how the two halves of the Critique of Judgment fit together. Yet Kant’s account of culture has so far gone overlooked, despite the role it plays in both parts of the work in answering what Kant situates in the Introduction as the work's guiding concern: how the power of judgment thinks the transition between nature and freedom. Teleological judgment posits culture as the last empirically cognizable telos of nature prior to human moral actualization, while the connection of sensible representations with moral ideas in aesthetic judgment is characterized as ‘culture’. In this paper, I reconstruct Kant's account of culture in either part of the work as a response to first, the transition between nature and freedom and, second, the question of the unity of the work as a whole.
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