Anthropology, History, and Education

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Anthropology, History, and Education, first published in 2007, contains all of Kant's major writings on human nature. Some of these works, which were published over a thirty-nine year period between 1764 and 1803, had never before been translated into English. Kant's question 'What is the human being?' is approached indirectly in his famous works on metaphysics, epistemology, moral and legal philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion, but it is approached directly in his extensive but less well-known writings on physical and cultural anthropology, the philosophy of history, and education which are gathered in the present volume. Kant repeatedly claimed that the question 'What is the human being?' should be philosophy's most fundamental concern, and Anthropology, History, and Education can be seen as effectively presenting his philosophy as a whole in a popular guise.
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"...The essays assembled in this collection present us with Kant’s most direct and encompassing characterizations of human nature and are therefore essential reading for a deeper and more complete understanding of his moral philosophy.... The anthropological dimension of Kant’s thought is too often neglected. The essays assembled in this collection are essential reading for remedying this deficiency, and they will inevitably challenge us to (re)consider the merit of Kant’s account of the human position below the starry heavens above." --
Chris Henry McTavish, Athabasca University, Philosophy in Review
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Meet the Author

Robert B. Louden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He is editor of Kant: Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View (2006).

Günter Zöller is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Munich. He is editor of Fichte: The System of Ethics (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Robert B. Louden; Observations on the feeling of the beautiful and sublime (1764) translated by Paul Guyer; Essay on the maladies of the head (1764) translated by Holly Wilson; Review of Moscati's work of the corporeal essential differences between the structure of animals and humans (1771) translated by Günter Zöller; Of the different races of human beings (1775) translated by Holly Wilson and Günter Zöller; Essays regarding the philanthropinum (1776/1777) translated by Robert B. Louden; A note to Physicians (1782) translated by Günter Zöller; Idea for a universal history with a cosmopolitan aim (1784) translated by Allen W. Wood; Reviews of J. G. Herder's Ideas for the Philosophy of the History of Humanity, Parts 1 and 2 (1785) translated by Allen W. Wood; Determination of the concept of a human race (1785) translated by Holly Wilson and Günter Zöller; Conjectural beginning of human history (1786) translated by Allen W. Wood; Some remarks on Ludwig Heinrich Jakob's examination of Mendelssohn's Morning Hours (1786) translated by Günter Zöller; On the Philosophers' medicine of the body (1786) translated by Mary Gregor; On the use of teleological principles in philosophy (1788) translated by Günter Zöller; From Soemmerring's On the Organ of the Soul (1796) translated by Arnulf Zweig; Anthropology from a pragmatic point of view (1798) translated by Robert B. Louden; Postscript to Christian Gottlieb Mielcke's Lithuanian-German and German-Lithuanian Dictionary (1800) translated by Günter Zöller; Lectures on pedagogy (1803) translated by Robert B. Louden.
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