With particular focus on imagination, Bernard Freydberg presents a close reading of Kant’s second critique, The Critique of Practical Reason. In an interpretation that is daring as well as rigorous, Freydberg reveals imagination as both its central force and the bridge that links Kant’s three critiques. Freydberg’s reading offers a powerful challenge to the widespread view that Kant’s ethics calls for rigid, self-denying obedience. Here, to the contrary, the search for self-fulfillment becomes an enormously creative endeavor once imagination is understood as the heart of Kantian ethics. Seasoned scholars and newer students will find a surprising and provocative view of Kant’s ethics in this straightforward and accessible book.
About the Author
Bernard Freydberg is Professor of Philosophy at Slippery Rock University. He is author of Imagination and Depth in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason; The Play of the Platonic Dialogues; and Provocative Form in Plato, Kant, Nietzsche (and Others).
Table of Contents
Note on the Text and on Page References
Prologue. From the Critique of Pure Reason to the Critique of Practical Reason
Introduction. Weapons of War: Preliminary Reflections on the Practical in the Critique of Pure Reason
Part 1. Analytic of Pure Practical Reason
Ch. 1. Principles of Pure Practical Reason: Imagination and Moral "Derivation"
Ch. 2. The Concept of an Object of Pure Practical Reason: Imagination, Good and Evil, and the Typic
Ch. 3. The Incentives (Triebfeder) of Pure Practical Reason: Incentive-Creating Imagination and Moral Feeling
Part 2. Dialectic and Methodology of Pure Practical Reason
Ch. 4. Dialectic of Pure Practical Reason in General and Imagination
Ch. 5. Imagination and the Postulates of Immortality and God
Ch. 6. Imagination and the Moral Extension of Reason
Ch. 7. Methodology of Pure Practical Reason: Images and Ecstasy
Epilogue: From the Critique of Practical Reason to the Critique of Judgment