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Kant's Early Critics

Kant's Early Critics
The Empiricist Critique of the Theoretical Philosophy


  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521781671

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  • This book, first published in 2000, offers translations of the initial (1781–89) critical reactions to Kant's philosophy. Also included is a selection of writings by Kant's contemporaries who took on the task of defending the critical philosophy against early attacks. The first aim of this collection is to show in detail how Kant was understood and misunderstood by his contemporaries. The second aim is to reveal the sorts of arguments that Kant and his first disciples mounted in their defense of the theoretical philosophy. The third aim of the book is to contribute to an understanding of the development of Kant's critical philosophy after its initial formulation in the Critique of Pure Reason, and in particular why Kant made the changes he did in the second edition of the work in 1787. This collection, which includes a glossary of key terms and biographical sketches of the critics on both sides of the debate, is a major addition to Kant scholarship and should be seen as a companion volume to the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.

    • Makes available in English he initial critical responses to Kant's philosophy
    • A companion volume to The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant which will sell to scholars as well as libraries
    • Elucidates the 1787 revision of The Critique of Pure Reason
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521781671
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 161 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Frequently cited texts and abbreviations
    Introduction: major trends in the early empiricist reception of Kant's critical philosophy
    Part I. Feder/Garve and Garve:
    1. The Göttingen review
    2. The Garve review: Christian Garve, 'Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant'
    Part II. The Transcendental Aesthetic:
    3. Dietrich Tiedemann, 'On the Nature of Metaphysics: An Examination of Professor Kant's Principles - Against the Aesthetic'
    4. [Hermann Andreas Pistorius], 'Elucidations of Professor Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason,' by Johann Schultze'
    5. Johann Georg Heinrich Feder, On Space and Causality: An Examination of the Kantian Philosophy, 1–64, 84*–91*
    6. [Anonymous], 'On Space and Causality: An Examination of the Kantian Philosophy by Johann Georg Heinrich Feder'
    7. Friedrich Gottlob Born, Investigation into the First Grounds of the Doctrine of the Senses, 87–92
    Part II. Idealism:
    8. Johann Georg Heinrich Feder, On Space and Causality: An Examination of the Kantian Philosophy, 61–83*, 114–118
    9. J. C. G. Schaumann, On the Transcendental Aesthetic: A Critical Attempt, 131–175
    10. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, 'On Transcendental Idealism'
    11. [Hermann Andreas Pistorius], 'Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant'
    12. Friedrich Gottlob Born, Investigation into the First Grounds of the Doctrine of the Senses, 117–120, 141–153
    Part IV. The Categories:
    13. C. G. Selle, 'Attempt at a Proof that there are no Pure Concepts of Reason that are Independent of Experience'
    14. Dietrich Tiedemann, 'Continuation of the Examination of Professor Kant's Thoughts about the Nature of Metaphysics - Against the Analytic'
    15. [Johann Schultz], 'Institutiones Logicae et Metaphysica by Jo. Aug. Henr. Ulrich'
    16. Gottlob August Tittle, On Kantian Forms of Thought or Categories, 3–41, 103–11
    Part V. Empiricism vs. Purism:
    17. Carl Christian Erhard Schmid, Some Remarks about Empiricism and Purism in Philosophy Occasioned by Selle's Principles of Pure Philosophy'
    18. [Hermann Andreas Pistorius], 'On Carl Christian Erhard Schmid's essay about Kant's Purism and Selle's Empiricism'
    Appendix A: about the authors
    Appendix B: biographical sketches of figures in early Kant reception

  • Editor and Translator

    Brigitte Sassen, McMaster University, Ontario

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