Emotion Studies
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Kant on common sense and the emotional foundation of community
Atsushi Kido
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2021 Volume 6 Issue Si Pages 13-21


In his Critique of the Power of Judgment, Immanuel Kant argued that only the idea of “common sense” can justify the demand that one’s aesthetic judgment of taste be universally valid for all. This essay presents the interpretation of this Kantian common sense as the emotional or sentimental foundation of human sociability or community. The common sense, as an external sense of community, has its transcendental grounding in the harmony of human cognitive faculties (imagination and understanding) that each person feels internally. Then the common sense which has that grounding would contribute to the three moments of human life in a community: the aesthetic autonomy of each person, the plurality and communicability of our judgments, and the idea of universal consensus in the whole community.

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