Essays on Kant

ISBN : 9780199647026

Henry E. Allison
304 Pages
157 x 233 mm
Pub date
Jun 2012
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This volume comprises seventeen essays by Henry E. Allison, one of the world's leading Kant scholars. They cover virtually the full spectrum of Allison's work on Kant, ranging from his epistemology, metaphysics, and moral theory to his views on teleology, political philosophy, the philosophy of history, and the philosophy of religion. But most of the essays revolve around three basic themes: the nature of transcendental idealism and its relation to other aspects of Kant's thought; freedom of the will; and the concept of the purposiveness of nature. The first two themes have been prominent in Allison's work on Kant since its inception. The essays on the third theme constitute a major new contribution to the understanding of Kant's 'critical' philosophy; their primary concern is to demonstrate the central place of the third Critique in Kant's thought. Among the notable features of Allison's essays is the presence of a significant comparative dimension, which places Kant's views in their historical context and explores their contemporary relevance. To this end, these views are contrasted with those of his major predecessors and immediate successors, as well as philosophers of the present day.


1. Commentary on Section Nine of the Antinomy of Pure Reason
2. Where Have all the Categories Gone? Reflections on Longuenesse's Reading of Kant's Transcendental Deduction
Addendum to Essay Two: A Response to a Response: to "Where Have all the Categories Gone?"
3. Kant and the Two Dogmas of Rationalism
4. Transcendental Realism, Empirical Realism and Transcendental Idealism
5. "We Can Act Only Under the Idea of Freedom"
6. The very idea of a Propensity to Evil
7. Kant's Practical Justification of Freedom
8. The Singleness of the Categorical Imperative
9. Kant on Freedom of the Will
10. Is the Critique of Judgment 'Post-Critical?'
11. The Critique of Judgment as a 'True Apology' for Leibniz'
12. Reflective Judgement and the Application of Logic to Nature: Kant's Deduction of the Principle of Purposiveness as an Answer to Hume
13. Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment
14. The Gulf between Nature and Freedom and Nature's Guarantee of Perpetual Peace
15. Kant's Conception of Aufklarung
16. Teleology and History in Kant: The Critical Foundations of Kant's Philosophy of History
17. Reason, Revelation, and History in Lessing and Kant

About the author: 

Henry E. Allison is Emeritus Professor of the University of California, San Diego, and Boston University. He is the author of many books, including Custom and Reason in Hume (OUP, 2008), and over seventy-five scholarly articles and reviews.

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