Overview

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 ...

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Kant

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
At the cusp of the 19th century, German philosopher Immanuel Kant created a sensation in the arena of Western thought by expounding a moral philosophy that treated a priori principles and sense experiences as dual sides of the coin of reality. His personal life was far more prosaic, impressive for its sheer smallness: he never traveled far beyond his birthplace, was a man of legendarily regular habits, and created no scandals. Guyer (philosophy, Univ. of Pennsylvania), who has treated Kantian ideas in a host of texts (e.g., The Cambridge Companion to Kant), here addresses his subject's intellectual development, having worked through the bare facts of his daily life in the first chapter. Each chapter ends with well-considered recommended reading for further understanding. Scholarly in tone but straightforward in narrative construct, this is an excellent overview for readers in need of a refresher on Kantian philosophy or wanting the big picture into which to insert the details. Essential for scholars and accessible to motivated undergraduates.
—Francisca Goldsmith
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Praise for the first edition:

‘This is the clearest, most comprehensive book on Kant’s "critical philosophy" written in English… Guyer’s book is clearly written and keeps enough distance from Kant’s texts to be helpful to nonspecialists; it also stays close enough to be nuanced and valuable even for Kant specialists.’ - A.N. Bunch, CHOICE

‘Kant is an absolutely first-rate general introduction to Kant's Critical Philosophy. Paul Guyer's interpretations are extremely well-supported, carefully and crisply argued, and highly insightful.’ - Robert Hanna, University of Colorado, USA

‘An impressive overview of the various strands of Kant’s philosophy. With great skill Guyer manages to compress Kant’s critical thought into a few hundred pages. This book will provide an excellent introduction to Kant’s thought.’ - Philip Stratton-Lake, University of Reading, UK

‘That Guyer is able to cover this much material, clearly and without oversimplification, in a single, reasonably sized volume represents a unique accomplishment, which should prove to be extremely useful to a broad audience.’ - Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135015626
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2014
  • Series: Routledge Philosophers
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Guyer is Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Brown University, USA. He is the author of nine books on Kant, including Kant and the Claims of Taste (1979), Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (1987), Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (2007), and Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (2008), as well as a translator and the editor of numerous anthologies of work on Kant. He is also the author of A History of Modern Aesthetics in three volumes (2014).

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Table of Contents

1 A life in work 15
Pt. 1 Nature 43
2 Kant's Copernican revolution 45
3 The critique of metaphysics 126
4 Building upon the foundations of knowledge 155
Pt. 2 Freedom 175
5 Laws of freedom : the foundations of Kant's moral philosophy 177
6 Freedom, immortality, and God : the presuppositions of morality 210
7 Kant's system of duties I : the duties of virtue 239
8 Kant's system of duties II : duties of right 262
Pt. 3 Nature and freedom 305
9 The beautiful, the sublime, and the morally good 307
10 Freedom and nature : Kant's revision of traditional teleology 335
11 A history of freedom? 360
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