The Cambridge Companion to Kant

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 31, 1992 - Philosophy - 482 pages
The fundamental task of philosophy since the seventeenth century has been to determine whether the essential principles of both knowledge and action can be discovered by human beings unaided by an external agency. No one philosopher contributed more to this enterprise than Kant, whose Critique of Pure Reason (1781) shook the very foundations of the intellectual world. Kant argued that the basic principles of the natural sciences are imposed on reality by human sensibility and understanding, and thus that human beings are also free to impose their own free and rational agency on the world. This volume is the only systematic and comprehensive account of the full range of Kant's writings available, and the first major overview of his work to be published in more than a dozen years. An internationally recognized team of Kant scholars explore Kant's conceptual revolution in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion. The volume also traces the historical origins and consequences of Kant's work.

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After an excellent introduction by the editor, this volume consists of 14 essays by an international panel of Kant scholars, each dealing with a different element of Kant's thought and ranging over ... Read full review

Contents

The starry heavens and the moral law
1
17461781
26
The Transcendental Aesthetic
62
Functions of thought and the synthesis of intuitions
101
The transcendental deduction of the categories
123
Causal laws and the foundations of natural science
161
Empirical rational and transcendental psychology Psychology as science and as philosophy
200
Reason and the practice of science
228
Vindicating reason
280
Autonomy obligation and virtue An overview of Kants moral philosophy
309
Politics freedom and order Kants political philosophy
342
Taste sublimity and genius The aesthetics of nature and art
367
Rational theology moral faith and religion
394
The first twenty years of critique The Spinoza connection
417
Bibliography
449
Index
472

The critique of metaphysics Kant and traditional ontology
249

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