Philosophy

Research Article

Is the Feeling of Unity That Kant Identifies in his Third Critique a Type of Inexpressible Knowledge?

A.W. Moorea1

a1 St Hugh's College, Oxford

Abstract

Kant, in his third Critique, confronts the issue of how rule-governed objective judgement is possible. He argues that it requires a particular kind of aesthetic response to one's experience. I dub this response ‘the Feeling of Unity’, and I raise the question whether it is a type of inexpressible knowledge. Using David Bell's account of these matters as a touchstone, I argue that it is.