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KANT, Immanuel (1724-1804). Critik der Urtheilskraft. Berlin and Libau: Lagarde and Friederich, 1790.
8o (196 x 123 mm). Contemporary buff boards, spine ink lettered (light wear to spine). Provenance: Emil Arnoldt (signature on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION of Kant's Critique of judgement, which finishes his "critical duty" ("Hiemit endige ich also mein ganzes critisches Geschft"--Introduction p. x). The first part is devoted to the Critique of the astetical judgment, the second part to the Critique of the teleological judgment in which Kant denies the posibility that organisms might be explained mechanically, which he had entertained earlier. "All the phenomena of inanimated nature can be explained in terms of the motion of matter in space and enduring through time, while for living things such efficient causes are not enough--they must be explained in terms of an end and thus require final causes in addition to effcient ones. In more modern terms, biology, for Kant cannot in the final analysis be explained solely in terms of physics and chemistry" (DSB). Ardickes 71; Warda 125; Norman 1199.
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