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Anamorphosis: Kant and Knowledge and Ignorance

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This book intends to show that we should re-think and re-evaluate our dogmatic commitment to a cognitivistic attitude. Our high regard for knowledge is due to the fact that we expect that it will help us satisfy not only our practical needs but also guide us toward a meaningful and fulfilled life. A careful examination of the nature and limits of knowledge reveals that both expectations cannot be satisfied. Following Kant, Cicovacki comes to the conclusion that, although our knowledge of reality seems to be ...

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Overview

This book intends to show that we should re-think and re-evaluate our dogmatic commitment to a cognitivistic attitude. Our high regard for knowledge is due to the fact that we expect that it will help us satisfy not only our practical needs but also guide us toward a meaningful and fulfilled life. A careful examination of the nature and limits of knowledge reveals that both expectations cannot be satisfied. Following Kant, Cicovacki comes to the conclusion that, although our knowledge of reality seems to be reliable and true, at the same time it seems to be one-sided and very narrowly oriented. Our practical purposes seem to be served quite well, but it is dubious whether our knowledge helps us understand and find our own place and role in reality. Those pursuing science and analytic philosophy do not seem to realize that our knowledge of reality is at the same time reliable and true, and yet distorting and damaging. Cicovacki focuses on Kant's question: < 'What is man?' as the ultimate question of philosophy. He invites a new interpretation of Kant since the question indicates that, for Kant, a broadly construed philosophical anthropology, rather than metaphysics, or epistemology, or ethics, is the most fundamental philosophical discipline. 'The real philosopher,' Kant tells us, is 'the teacher of wisdom through doctrine and example.' Contents: Prelude; PART I: A Knowledge of Knowledge; The Epistemological Project; Cognition, Recognition, and Cognitive Interest; Concepts as Rules; Concepts as Norms; PART II: A Knowledge of Ignorance; Striving for Truth: The Problem of Criterion; Dreams and Reality: On the Existential Presupposition of Cognitive Experience; The Real and the Preceived; Healing the Wound; Bibliography; Index.

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Argues that a proper understanding or interpretation of Kant's can only be realized within the context of the standards and goals set forth in his larger philosophical project, continued through the , , , and other works. The author has a number of goals in this volume: a description of how Kant viewed his overall project, a contextualized reconstruction of his account of the nature and limits of human knowledge and its meaning to Kant's philosophy, and an assessment of Kant's conception of knowledge and his philosophical project from a contemporary perspective. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761807902
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/3/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Predrag Cicovacki is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Holy Cross College in Worchester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prelude 1
1 The Epistemological Project 17
2 Cognition, Recognition, and Cognitive Interest 49
3 Concepts as Rules 81
4 Concepts as Norms 121
5 Striving for Truth: The Problem of Criterion 159
6 Dreams and Reality: On the Existential Presupposition of Cognitive Experience 199
7 The Real and the Perceived 237
8 Healing the Wound 279
Bibliography 309
Index 319
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