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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.
Camós i Cabeceran, Agustí
Caponi, Gustavo
Chaikovskii, Iu. V.
Corsi, Pietro
Falk, Raphael
Perspectives on Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Foundations of Science
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of the History of Biology
University of California, Berkeley
The MIT Press
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Senses and sensation; perception
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Kant, Immanuel
Cuvier, Georges
Darwin, Charles Robert
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Blake, William
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
20th century, early
Great Britain

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