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Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies


At the beginning of the Analytic of the Beautiful, Kant distinguishes aesthetic judgments from cognitive judgments. Cognitive judgments, like, “this flower is yellow” attribute properties to objects by classifying things under concepts of the understanding. Aesthetic judgments, by contrast, do not relate objects to concepts of the understanding, but are rather grounded in our feelings of pleasure and displeasure. Kant describes the difference between cognitive and aesthetic judgments by claiming that the determining ground for the former is objective while the ground for the latter is subjective; cognitive judgments are based on properties of objects, while aesthetic judgments are based on feelings in the subject.