The Notion of the Sublime in Kant’s Philosophy

Roman Specht



The article is an attempt not only to refer again, but also interpret some pivotal elements of the concept of sublimity presented in Kant’s Critique of Judgment. Kant presented a source interpretation of the category referring to sublime phenomena of nature or simple works of art, but such delineating of the field of interest was caused by the epistemological aims of the third Critique. In this presentation I would like to widen Kant’s interpretation of the conception and add some references of the sense of freedom to the content of psychological character. This problems are a subject of intensive research among Torun aestheticians.


Kant; the sublime; modern philosophy; esthetics; Critique of Judgment

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