DETERMINATION THROUGH PRODUCTION: THE STRUCTURE OF IMAGINATION IN KANT'S THEORY OF JUDGMENT (IMMANUEL KANT)
MILLER, CHARLES CLAUDE, III
Master of Arts
Kant's theory of imagination is deeply imbedded in his other more celebrated views, particularly those in regard to judgment. This does not mean, however, that imagination is insignificant. On the contrary, its pure form, the productive imagination, is the basis for the possibility of aesthetic judgment. Imagination is of two types; reproductive and productive. The reproductive type is limited in its employment to empirical objects, while the productive type is confined to the non-empirical side. The central function of the productive imagination in the theory of judgment is the non-conceptual determination of sensible particulars for judgment. In the case of determinative judgment, productive imagination performs as the schematism, which must be strictly temporal. In reflective judgment, it establishes itself as the finality of the form of the beautiful object, and takes the place of the sensible intuition alongside the understanding for the production of harmony.