1st Edition

Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment

Edited By Elizabeth Robinson, Chris W. Surprenant Copyright 2017
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction 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


    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).