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Kant's Doctrine of Transcendental Illusion

Kant's Doctrine of Transcendental Illusion


Part of Modern European Philosophy

  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521663243

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  • This major study of Kant provides a detailed examination of the development and function of the doctrine of transcendental illusion in his theoretical philosophy. The author shows that a theory of 'illusion' plays a central role in Kant's arguments about metaphysical speculation and scientific theory. Indeed, she argues that we cannot understand Kant unless we take seriously his claim that the mind inevitably acts in accordance with ideas and principles that are 'illusory'. Taking this claim seriously, we can make much better sense of Kant's arguments and reach a deeper understanding of the role he allots human reason in science.

    • Offers a detailed commentary of important sections of the Critique of Pure Reason
    • An interesting interpretation of the role of conceptual illusion in Kant
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521663243
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 164 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.588kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on references and translations
    Part I. Kant's Discovery of Metaphysical Illusion:
    1. Metaphysical error in the pre-critical works
    2. The Inaugural Dissertation
    Part II. Fallacies and Illusions in the Critique of Pure Reason:
    3. The transcendental employment of the understanding and the conflation of appearances and things in themselves
    4. Transcendental illusion
    Part III. The Dialectical Influences of Pure Reason:
    5. Rational psychology and the pseudo-rational idea of the soul
    6. Rational cosmology and the pseudo-empirical idea of the world
    7. Rational theology and the pseudo-rational idea of God
    Part IV. Illusion and Systematicity:
    8. The regulative employment of reason
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Michelle Grier, University of San Diego

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