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Immanuel Kant is among the most pivotal thinkers in the history of philosophy. His transcendental idealism claims to overcome the skepticism of David Hume, resolve the impasse between empiricism and rationalism, and establish the reality of human freedom and moral agency. A thorough understanding of Kant is indispensable to any philosopher today. The significance of Kant's thought is matched by its complexity. His revolutionary ideas are systematically interconnected and he presents them using a forbidding technical vocabulary. A careful investigation of the key concepts that structure Kant's work is essential to the comprehension of his philosophical project. This book provides an accessible introduction to Kant by explaining each of the key concepts of his philosophy. The book is organized into three parts, which correspond to the main areas of Kant's transcendental idealism: Theoretical Philosophy; Practical Philosophy; and, Aesthetics, Teleology, and Religion. Each chapter presents an overview of a particular topic, while the whole provides a clear and comprehensive account of Kant's philosophical system.
About the Author
Will Dudley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Williams College, Massachusetts. He is the author of Understanding German Idealism (Acumen,2008). Kristina Engelhard is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cologne.
Table of Contents
Introduction Will Dudley Kristina Engelhard 1
Part I Theoretical Philosophy
1 Critique: knowledge, metaphysics Günter Zöller 13
2 Sensibility: space and time, transcendental idealism Emily Carson 28
3 Understanding: judgements, categories, schemata, principles Dietmar Heidemann 45
4 Reason: syllogisms, ideas, antinomies Michelle Grier 63
Part II Practical Philosophy
5 Freedom: will, autonomy Paul Guyer 85
6 Practical reason: categorical imperative, maxims, laws Kenneth R. Westphal 103
7 Moral obligation: rights, duties, virtues Georg Mohr Ulli F. H. Rühl 120
8 Political obligation: property, trade, peace Katrin Flikschuh 136
Part III Aesthetics, Teleology, Religion
9 Beauty: subjective purposiveness Kirk Pillow 155
10 Organism: objective purposiveness John Zammito 170
11 Nature and history: ultimate and final purpose Stephen Houlgate 184
12 Rational faith: God, immortality, grace Patrick Frierson 200