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The Dynamic Sublime as the Pivoting Point between Nature and Freedomin Kant

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The author corrects classic view of Kantian dualism in general and readjusting the characterization of the dynamic sublime as mere conflict and resistance to the supremacy of nature or as indication of the collapse of the mental faculties. This chapter shows how the analysis of the sublime forms the pivot in The Critique of the Power of Judgment (CPJ). It sketches nature as a recalcitrant ally of freedom, and the interaction of freedom with nature as its lasting ally at the level of freedom itself. The chapter explains how symbolic representation constitutes the climax of the mediation between nature and freedom. The chapter views analytics of the sublime as the pivot in the diptych of the analytic of the aesthetic power of judgment and the critique of the teleological power of judgment.

Keywords:dynamic sublime; freedom; Kantian dualism; nature



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