Kant conjectures that an aesthetic judgment is reflective because it does not subsume its object under any determinate concept. In a reflective judgment, we seek to establish unknown universals for given particulars; whereas in determinative judgment, we just subsume given particulars under already known universals. This distinction is similar to the deductive and inductive approaches in logical reasoning. Deductive reasoning moves from the more general to the more specific. Inductive reasoning functions in the other direction, moving from specific observations to broader generalizations and theories.
“All these mirrors carnival distortions of selves we never were.” – Basith