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perception and Kant

October 11, 2012

“[There are] things … in which one sees a purposive form, without being able to assign them any purpose: for example, those stone implements occasionally dug out of old grave mounds, with a hold in them, as if for a handle. Although their shape clearly does indicate a purposiveness, without any one’s knowing what the purpose is, they are nonetheless not for that reason considered beautiful.”

(Kant, Critique of Judgement quoted, p.47 Haun)

Ref: Saussy Haun The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993

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