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Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment

1st Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Robinson, Chris W. Surprenant


368 pages

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Most academic philosophers and intellectual historians are familiar with the major historical figures and intellectual movements coming out of Scotland in the 18th Century. These scholars are also familiar with the works of Immanuel Kant and his influence on Western thought. But with the exception of discussion examining David Hume’s influence on Kant’s epistemology, metaphysics, and moral theory, little attention has been paid to the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment thinkers on Kant’s philosophy. This volume aims to fill this perceived gap in the literature and provide a starting point for future discussions looking at the influence of Hume, Thomas Reid, Adam Smith, and other Scottish Enlightenment thinkers on Kant’s philosophy.

Table of Contents


Manfred Kuehn

1 Hutcheson on the Unity of Virtue and Right

Aaron Garrett

2 Hutcheson and Kant: Moral Sense and Moral Feeling

Michael Walschots

3 Hutcheson’s and Kant’s Critique of Sympathy

Wiebke Deimling

4 Kant and Hutcheson on Aesthetic and Teleology

Reed Winegar

5 Outer Sense, Inner Sense, and Feeling: Hutcheson and Kant on Aesthetic Pleasure

Colin McQuillan

6 Taste, Morality, and Common Sense: Kant and the Scots

Paul Guyer

7 Kant and Hume on Feelings in Moral Philosophy

Oliver Sensen

8 Hume’s Principle and Kant’s Pure Rational System of Religion: Grace, Providence and the Highest Good

Lawrence Pasternack

9 A Writer More Excellent than Cicero: Hume’s Influence on Kant’s Anthropology

Robert B. Louden

10 Kant and Hume on Marriage

Elizabeth Robinson

11 Hume and Kant on Imagination: Thematic and Methodological Differences

Frank Schalow

12 Hume and Kant on Space, Divisibility, and Antinomical Conflict

Bryan Hall

13 Hume and Kant on Identity and Substance

Mark Pickering

14 An Alternative to Heteronomy and Anarchy: Kant’s Reformulation of the Social Contract

Alexander Schafer

15 Kant, Smith, and the Place of Virtue in Political and Economic Organization

JP Messina

16 Adam Smith's Kantian Phenomenology of Moral Motivation

John McHugh

17 Kant and Smith on Imagination, Reason, and Personhood

Jack Russell Weinstein

18 Seeing a Flower in the Garden: Common Sense, Transcendental Idealism

Scott Stapleford

19 Kant’s Heuristic Methods: Feeling and Common Sense in Orientation and Taste

Brigitte Sassen

About the Editors

Elizabeth Robinson is an assistant professor of philosophy at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Her research primarily considers early modern philosophy with a focus on Hume and Kant.

Chris W. Surprenant is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, where he directs the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality. He is the author of Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue (Routledge 2014).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern