Faculty Book: Angelica Nuzzo
Ideal Embodiment: Kant’s Theory of Sensibility
(Indiana University Press, 2008)
In this penetrating book, Angelica Nuzzo offers a comprehensive reconstruction of Kant’s theory of sensibility in his three Critiques. By introducing the notion of “transcendental embodiment,” Nuzzo proposes a new understanding of Kant’s views on science, nature, morality, and art. She shows how Kant coherently addresses the issue of human embodiment and how understanding this is key to comprehending vexing issues in Kant’s work. Nuzzo takes on questions Kant struggled with: How does a body that feels pleasure and pain, desire, anger, and fear understand and experience reason and strive toward knowledge? What grounds the body’s experience of art and beauty? What kind of feeling is the feeling of being alive? As she comes to grips with these questions, Nuzzo goes beyond Kant to revise our view of embodiment and the essential conditions of human experience. Angelica Nuzzo is professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College.
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Submitted on: OCT 28, 2008