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Critique of Judgment (Hackett Classics) Paperback – April 1, 1987
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Pluhar's translation is an ultra of academic fastidiousness, with all the words added for clarity in brackets, copious references to other passages in this or other works that explain the terms (very helpful) and so on. BUT -- every twenty pages or so there is a passage so clumsy in its Anglo-German syntax that I had to read it over five times and then copy-edit it in pencil so I could understand it. I don't know the competing translations, they may be no better. This was better than adequate, but with the noted flaw.
The one criticism I would offer is that Kant, however brilliantly insightful, clearly was not an artist. His insistence on there being no rules for beauty may seem true for the average non-artist person and create mediation between supersensibles (and give rise to much bad art in the process). But at the very least, there are really big hints as to how we perceive beauty, gestalt psychology being an example. Otherwise, as art history has proven, there is no universal validity to beauty.
Edit: One month, two readings and the binding has already failed.