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This Companion provides an authoritative survey of the whole range of Kant’s work, giving readers an idea of its immense scope, its extraordinary achievement, and its continuing ability to generate philosophical interest.

  • Written by an international cast of scholars
  • Covers all the major works of the critical philosophy, as well as the pre-critical works
  • Subjects covered range from mathematics and philosophy of science, through epistemology and metaphysics, to moral and political philosophy
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Editorial Reviews

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“A Companion to Kant is the most recent (2010) and by far the best anthology on Kant's works.  In it, Graham Bird brings together a remarkable set of essays by prominent scholars in Kant studies … .Many (if not most) essays … offer significant contributions to Kant scholarship. The2010Companion to Kant is bound to become indispensible for those who teach and for those who study Kant's philosophy (on both graduate and undergraduate levels).  Its contributions remain lucid without watering Kant down; they are comprehensive without staying merely on the surface of the issues they discuss; they contain original work on Kant without skewing the interpretations of Kant toward one-sidedness; and jointly they thematically expand our knowledge and out understanding of Kant's corpus and of Kant's place within the intellectual tradition of Western philosophy.” (Metapsychology, June 2010)

“This collection is what one hopes for in a ‘companion’ volume. It contains 33 essays by prominent scholars, all of whom have made substantial contributions to Kant studies. Given the essays’ brevity…they manage to achieve surprising depth, and they will help any advanced student to get oriented in Kant’s thought.” (Choice)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111973
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/30/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Bird is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. He has been a leading Kant scholar for nearly 40 years, and is the author of Kant’s Theory of Knowledge (1962), Philosophical Tasks (1972), and William James  (1986), and Revolutionary Kant: A Commentary on the Critique of Pure Reason  (2006). He is a past president of the Aristotelian Society and Chair of the UK Kant Society.

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Table of Contents

1 Kant's life and works 10
Pt. I Pre-critical issues 31
2 Kant's early dynamics 33
3 Kant's early cosmology 47
4 Kant's laboratory of ideas in the 1770s 63
5 Kant's debt to Leibniz 79
6 Kant's debt to the British empiricists 93
Pt. II Critique of pure reason 109
7 Kant's transcendental idealism 111
8 Kant's analytic apparatus 125
9 Kant's transcendental aesthetic 140
10 Kant's metaphysical and transcendental deductions 154
11 The second analogy 169
12 Kant's refutation of problematic idealism : Kantian arguments and Kant's arguments against skepticism 182
13 The logic of illusion and the antinomies 192
14 The critique of rational psychology 207
15 Kant's philosophy of mathematics 222
16 Metaphysical foundations of natural science 236
Pt. III The moral philosophy : pure and applied 249
Introduction 251
17 The primacy of practical reason 259
18 Kant's critical account of freedom 275
19 Kant's formulations of the moral law 291
20 Deriving the formula of universal law 308
21 Moral motivation in Kant 322
22 Moral paragons and the metaphysics of morals 335
23 Applying Kant's ethics : the role of anthropology 350
24 Liberty, equality, and independence : core concepts in Kant's political philosophy 364
25 Reason and nature : Kant's teleological argument in Perpetual Peace 383
Pt. IV The critique of the power of judgment 397
Introduction 399
26 The demands of systematicity : rational judgment and the structure of nature 408
27 Bridging the gulf : Kant's project in the third Critique 423
28 Kant's aesthetic theory 441
29 Kant's biological teleology and its philosophical significance 455
Pt. V Kant's influence 471
30 Hegel's critique of Kant : an overview 473
31 The neglected alternative : Trendelenburg, Fischer, and Kant 486
32 Phenomenological interpretations of Kant in Husserl and Heidegger 500
33 Conceptual connections : Kant and the twentieth-century analytic tradition 513
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