Kant

Kant

by Paul Guyer
     
 

In this updated edition of his outstanding introduction to Kant, Paul Guyer uses Kant’s central conception of autonomy as the key to his thought.

Beginning with a helpful overview of Kant’s life and times, Guyer introduces Kant’s metaphysics and epistemology, carefully explaining his arguments about the nature of space, time and experience in

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In this updated edition of his outstanding introduction to Kant, Paul Guyer uses Kant’s central conception of autonomy as the key to his thought.

Beginning with a helpful overview of Kant’s life and times, Guyer introduces Kant’s metaphysics and epistemology, carefully explaining his arguments about the nature of space, time and experience in his most influential but difficult work, The Critique of Pure Reason. He offers an explanation and critique of Kant’s famous theory of transcendental idealism and shows how much of Kant’s philosophy is independent of this controversial doctrine.

He then examines Kant’s moral philosophy, his celebrated ‘categorical imperative’ and his theories of duty, freedom of will and political rights. This section of the work has been substantially revised to clarify the relation between Kant’s conceptions of "internal" and "external" freedom. In his treatments of Kant’s aesthetics and teleology, Guyer focuses on their relation to human freedom and happiness. Finally, he considers Kant’s view that the development of human autonomy is the only goal that we can conceive for both natural and human history.

Including a chronology, glossary, chapter summaries and up-to-date further reading, Kant, second edition is an ideal introduction to this demanding yet pivotal figure in the history of philosophy, and essential reading for all students of philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415283366
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Routledge Philosophers Series
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1A life in work15
Pt. 1Nature43
2Kant's Copernican revolution45
3The critique of metaphysics126
4Building upon the foundations of knowledge155
Pt. 2Freedom175
5Laws of freedom : the foundations of Kant's moral philosophy177
6Freedom, immortality, and God : the presuppositions of morality210
7Kant's system of duties I : the duties of virtue239
8Kant's system of duties II : duties of right262
Pt. 3Nature and freedom305
9The beautiful, the sublime, and the morally good307
10Freedom and nature : Kant's revision of traditional teleology335
11A history of freedom?360

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