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On Interpretive Conflict$
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John Frow

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226613956

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226614144.001.0001

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Coda: Interpretation and Judgment

Coda: Interpretation and Judgment

(p.207) Coda: Interpretation and Judgment
On Interpretive Conflict

John Frow

University of Chicago Press

In the introduction to The Critique of Judgment, Kant distinguishes between two distinct powers of judgment that he calls “determining” and “reflective.” Determining judgments have to do with the subsumption of the particular under an already known universal; while reflective judgments concern judgments of aesthetic value and must generate their own laws in a kind of bootstrapping operation that takes place in the absence of any pregiven framework. Kant’s concept of reflective judgment includes both cognitive and evaluative acts, and thus has something of the breadth of reference that this book claims for its concept of interpretation. In each of the book's case studies, even those areas that one might have expected to be closest to the model of determining judgment, instead turn out to deploy procedures that are more like those of reflective judgment, to the extent that we might perhaps take reflective judgment as a general (but not exclusive) model of sense-making.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, determining judgment, reflective judgment

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