Immanuel Kant's theoretical investigation into the beautiful and the sublime is embodied in his theoretical construction of Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Critique of Judgment. Through practical anthropology and critical philosophy, the inherent differences in Kant's early and late aesthetic thought on these concepts can be revealed. Such differences profoundly reveal the distinction between axiological provisions based on the empirical principle and epistemological provisions based on the transcendental principle. In this way, Kant reveals that the beautiful and the sublime are not only positive to the judgement of aesthetic value in national cultural life, but also normative to the construction of pure aesthetic theory and the exploration of aesthetic relations. Therefore, according to Kant, enduring theoretical attention to the two concepts is necessary for aesthetics.


Immanuel Kant, the beautiful, gender, the sublime, morality

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