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Sense and Supersensibility: Kantian Aesthetics in Lamarckian Evolutionary Theory (2019)


This article argues for recognition of aesthetics' constitutive agency in shaping Western epistemic traditions by examining the previously unexplored similarities between Immanuel Kant's theory of aesthetics found in The Critique of Judgment (1790) and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck's evolutionary theory of "soft inheritance" elaborated in Zoological Philosophy (1809). Not only does each respective theory transgress traditions of empiricism and rationalism by foregrounding the dynamic interplay of both sensory perception and reason in the upward development of a more complex and refined state of rationality, but both theories also raise questions concerning the limits of sensory perception and reason in arriving at claims toward the teleological ends of Nature.

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Authors & Contributors
Gissis, Snait B.
Butler, Judith
Largier, Niklaus
Francois, Anne-Lise
Chaikovskii, Iu. V.
Grimoult, Cédric
Perspectives on Science
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Foundations of Science
Filosofia e História da Biologia
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
The MIT Press
University of California, Berkeley
Senses and sensation; perception
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Kant, Immanuel
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Cuvier, Georges
Darwin, Charles Robert
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
17th century
21st century
Great Britain

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