The Arguments of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

The Arguments of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

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The importance of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in the history of philosophy is matched only by its difficulty. In particular, readers are often frustrated by how difficult it is to extract Kant's arguments from his dense prose. This book reconstructs, using the tools of propositional logic, the central arguments of the Critique. In all, the book reconstructs thirty-six of Kant's arguments spanning the Transcendental Aesthetic, Transcendental Analytic, and Transcendental Dialectic. For each argument, they begin with a quote from Kant's text followed by a synopsis that explains the argument informally. Finally, each synopsis is followed by a formal reconstruction of the argument. The synopses offer examples, metaphors, historical background, and objections/responses to aid the reader in appreciating Kant's arguments. Even though many readers who approach Kant for the first time have a good philosophical vocabulary, few will understand Kant's unique lexicon. In addition to formally reconstructing Kant's arguments, the book also includes a glossary that defines the technical terms that Kant uses in his arguments. Finally, since this book is directed largely at students, Bryan Hall enlisted two of his own students to ensure that the book is maximally student friendly. In contrast to most pedagogical philosophical literature, the content of this book has been tailored by students for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739141663
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/18/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 914,802
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bryan Wesley Hall is assistant professor in the school of arts and letters at Indiana University Southeast.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Transcendental Aesthetic

1 Introduction to the Transcendental Aesthetic 17

2 Space 23

3 Time 39

4 Conclusions from the Transcendental Aesthetic 49

Part 2 The Transcendental Analytic

5 Introduction to the Transcendental Analytic 57

6 Metaphysical Deduction 65

7 The A Transcendental Deduction 75

8 The B Transcendental Deduction 83

9 Schematism 91

10 Axioms and Anticipations 97

11 Analogies of Experience 107

12 Postulates and Refutation of Idealism 127

13 Conclusions from the Transcendental Analytic 135

Part 3 The Transcendental Dialectic

14 Introduction to the Transcendental Dialectic 145

15 Paralogisms 153

16 Antinomies 163

17 Ideal 193

18 Conclusions from the Transcendental Dialectic 205

Appendix: Advice for the Student Reader 211

Glossary 217

Bibliography 225

Index 229

About the Author 233

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