Kant's Doctrine of Transcendental Illusion / Edition 1

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Overview

"This Study of Kant provides a detailed examination of the development and function of the doctrine of transcendental illusion in his theoretical philosophy. The author shows that a theory of "illusion" plays a central role in Kant's arguments about metaphysical speculation and scientific theory. Indeed, she argues that we cannot understand Kant unless we take seriously his claim that the mind inevitably acts in accordance with ideas and principles that are "illusory." Taking this claim seriously, we can make much better sense of Kant's arguments and reach a deeper understanding of the role he allots human reason in science."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521663243
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on References and Translations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Kant's Discovery of Metaphysical Illusion
1 Metaphysical Error in the Precritical Works 17
2 The Inaugural Dissertation 48
Pt. 2 Fallacies and Illusions in the Critique of Pure Reason
3 The Transcendental Employment of the Understanding and the Conflation of Appearances and Things in Themselves 69
4 Transcendental Illusion 101
Pt. 3 The Dialectical Inferences of Pure Reason
5 Rational Psychology and the Pseudorational Idea of the Soul 143
6 Rational Cosmology and the Pseudoempirical Idea of the World 172
7 Rational Theology and the Pseudorational Idea of God 230
Pt. 4 Illusion and Systematicity
8 The Regulative Employment of Reason 263
Conclusion 303
Selected Bibliography 307
Index 313
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