1st Edition

Immanuel Kant Key Concepts

By Will Dudley, Kristina Engelhard Copyright 2011
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction, Will Dudley & Kristina Engelhard Part I Theoretical Philosophy 2. Critique: knowledge, metaphysics, Gunter Zoller 3. Sensibility: space and time, transcendental idealism, Emily Carson 4. Understanding: judgments, categories, schemata, Dietmar Heidemann 5. Reason: syllogisms, ideas, antinomies, Michelle Grier Part II Practical Philosophy 6. Freedom: will, autonomy, Paul Guyer 7. Practical Reason: categorical imperative, maxims, laws, Ken Westphal 8. Moral Obligation: rights, duties, virtues, Georg Mohr & Ulli Ruhl 9. Political Obligation: republicanism, league of nations, perpetual peace, Katrin Flikschuh Part III Aesthetics, Teleology, Religion 10. Beauty: subjective purposiveness, Kirk Pillow 11. Organism: objective purposiveness, John Zammito 12. Nature and History: ultimate and final purpose, Stephen Houlgate 13. Rational Faith: God and immortality, Patrick Frierson Chronology of Life & Works


    Will Dudley, Kristina Engelhard