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A companion to Kant.


A companion to Kant.

Ed. by Graham Bird.

Blackwell Publishing


530 pages



Blackwell companions to philosophy; 36


Bird (emeritus, philosophy, U. of Manchester, UK) presents 33 essays that provide a survey of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). The focus, naturally enough, is on Kant's most celebrated and influential works, the Critiques, but issues from earlier in his career are discussed as well, including Kant's cosmology and his debts to Liebniz and to the British Empiricists. Papers exploring the Critique of Pure Reason discuss transcendental idealism, the transcendental aesthetic, Kant's refutation of problematic idealism, his critique of rational psychology, his philosophy of mathematics, and the metaphysical foundations of natural science. The philosopher's moral philosophy is the subject of the next set of papers, which explore his account of freedom; formulations of the moral law; metaphysics of morals; and conceptual accounts of liberty, equality, and independence, among other topics. The Critique of Judgment is discussed in the next four papers, which explore such issues as rational judgment and the structure of nature, aesthetic theory, and the philosophical significance of Kant's biological teleology. Finally, the influence of Kant is explored in the writings of Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, and the philosophers of the 20th century analytical tradition, among others.

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