Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics

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Since its original publication in 1929, Martin Heidegger’s provocative book on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason has attracted much attention both as an important contribution to twentieth-century Kant scholarship and as a pivotal work in Heidegger’s own development after Being and Time. This fifth, enlarged edition includes marginal notations made by Heidegger in his personal copy of the book and four new appendices—Heidegger's postpublication notes on the book, his review of Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic...

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Overview

Since its original publication in 1929, Martin Heidegger’s provocative book on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason has attracted much attention both as an important contribution to twentieth-century Kant scholarship and as a pivotal work in Heidegger’s own development after Being and Time. This fifth, enlarged edition includes marginal notations made by Heidegger in his personal copy of the book and four new appendices—Heidegger's postpublication notes on the book, his review of Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, Heidegger's response to reviews by rudolf Odebrecht and Cassirer, and an essay "On the History of the Philosophical Chair since 1866." The work is significant not only for its illuminating assessment of Kant’s thought but also for its elaboration of themes first broached in Being and Time, especially the problem of how Heidegger proposed to enact his destruction of the metaphysical tradition and the role that his reading of Kant would play therein.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"With every passing year... this work continues to grow in significance and stature. Publication of this new translation could not be more timely... a finely nuanced translation... This authoritative English translation will play an important role in determining Heidegger's reputation in the coming years. An essential acquisition for all collections." —Choice

Interpretation

"One of Heidegger’s most important and extraordinary works.... indispensable for anyone interested in Heidegger’s thought as well as in current trends in hermeneutics, ethics, and political philosophy." —Interpretation

International Philosophical Quarterly

"Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant remains a challenging way to address the issues that both Kant and Heidegger saw as crucial.... In reading [Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics] we can struggle with some basic issues of human existence in the company of two great minds." —International Philosophical Quarterly

Choice

"With every passing year... this work continues to grow in significance and stature. Publication of this new translation could not be more timely... a finely nuanced translation... This authoritative English translation will play an important role in determining Heidegger's reputation in the coming years. An essential acquisition for all collections." —Choice

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"One of Heidegger’s most important and extraordinary works.... indispensable for anyone interested in Heidegger’s thought as well as in current trends in hermeneutics, ethics, and political philosophy." —Interpretation

"Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant remains a challenging way to address the issues that both Kant and Heidegger saw as crucial.... In reading [Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics] we can struggle with some basic issues of human existence in the company of two great minds." —International Philosophical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253210678
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Enlarged
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Taft is former Research Fellow at Trinity College, Hartford, and former Fulbright Fellow at the Hegel Archive of the Ruhr University in Germany.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction
References to Works of Kant and Heidegger
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Prefaces to the First, Second, and Third Editions

Introduction
The Theme and Structure of the Investigation
The unfolding of the idea of a Fundamental Ontology through the interpretation of the Critique of Pure Reason as a laying of the ground for Metaphysics

Part One
The Starting Point for the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

Part Two
Carrying out the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

A. The Characterization of the Dimension of Going-Back (needed) for Carrying Out the Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics

I. The Essential Characteristics of the Field of Origin

II. The Manner of Unveiling the Origin

B. The Stages of Carrying out the Projection of the Inner Possibility of Ontology
The First Stage in the Ground-Laying: The Essential Elements of Pure Knowledge
A) Pure Intuition in Finite Knowing
B) Pure Thinking in Finite Knowing
The Second Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Essential Unity of Pure Knowledge
The Third Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Inner Possibility of the Essential Unity of Ontological Synthesis
The Fourth Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Ground for the Inner Possibility of Ontological Knowledge
The Fifth Stage of the Ground-Laying: The Full Essential Determination of Ontological Knowledge

Part Three
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in Its Originality
A. The Explicit Characterization of the Ground Laid in the Ground-Laying
B. The Transcendental Power of Imagination as Root of Both Stems
C. The Transcendental Power of Imagination and the Problem of Human Pure Reason

Part Four
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in a Retrieval
The Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics in Anthropology
B. The Problem of Finitude in Human Beings and the Metaphysics of Dasein
C. The Metaphysics of Dasein as Fundamental Ontology

Appendices
I. Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and the Task of a Laying of the Ground for Metaphysics
II. Davos Disputation between Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger
Translator’s Notes

Indiana University Press

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