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Second Nature In Kant's Theory Of Artistic Creativity, Adam Blazej May 2013

Second Nature In Kant's Theory Of Artistic Creativity, Adam Blazej

Theses and Dissertations

One of the central claims of John McDowell's Mind and World is that, in reconciling an apparent opposition between the normative and the natural, philosophers should look to a notion of second nature: the idea that nature includes a species of animals (namely, human beings) who, through their socialization, transform themselves into rational beings capable of thinking about and acting in the world in response to reasons. McDowell argues that Kant lacks a notion of second nature and thereby fails to overcome the relevant problem of reconciliation. My aim in this paper is to show that (pace McDowell) Kant ...