Vol. 14 No. 2 (2021): Finalism in judgment, finalism of judging

A New Image of Humanity? A Transcendental in the Making

Stefano Velotti
Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)

Published 2022-01-24


  • Reflecting Judgment,
  • Finality,
  • Exemplarity,
  • Heautonomy,
  • Ontological Turn

How to Cite

Velotti, S. (2022). A New Image of Humanity? A Transcendental in the Making. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 14(2), 5–15. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-13204


If it is true that at the core of the Enlightenment project was an attempt to discover a new definition of human nature itself, there is no doubt that for a long time, and today more than ever, there is a similar urgency to find a different vision of humanity, since the prevailing one – heir of the Enlightenment – is perceived from many sides as in need of a profound revision, if not catastrophic. if we are living in the ruins of modernity, we should neither attempt to embalm them, nor to raze them to the ground. This article maintains that Kant’s work on the reflecting judgment (along with a productive reinterpretation of notions such as «finality», «exemplarity», «heautonomy») can offer precious resources to reshape that image of humanity that we feel is now inadequate in the face of the complexity of our forms of life, without the need to abandon ourselves to old and new longings for the absolute.


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