Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group


First Advisor

Gary Hatfield


This dissertation examines the relationship between the power of judgment and the faculty of feeling in Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment. Chapter 1 traces the development of Kant’s account of the power of judgment from the Critique of Pure Reason to the Critique of the Power of Judgment. Chapter 2 offers an account of the relationship between feeling and judgment in aesthetic judgment and defends a novel interpretation of Kantian aesthetic judgment (the “performative view”). Chapter 3 addresses the role of feeling in empirical judgment and argues that feeling can guide empirical judgment if the judging subject aims solely at attaining empirical knowledge.

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