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Kant on Persons and Agency


Eric Watkins, Allen Wood, Stephen Engstrom, Pauline Kleingeld, Lucy Allais, Marcus Willaschek, Paul Guyer, Dieter Sturma, Béatrice Longuenesse, Barbara Herman, Robert Pippin, Karl Ameriks
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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316633564

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  • Today we consider ourselves to be free and equal persons, capable of acting rationally and autonomously in both practical (moral) and theoretical (scientific) contexts. The essays in this volume show how this conception was first articulated in a fully systematic fashion by Immanuel Kant in the eighteenth century. Twelve leading scholars shed new light on Kant's philosophy, with each devoting particular attention to at least one of three aspects of this conception: autonomy, freedom, and personhood. Some focus on clarifying the philosophical content of Kant's position, while others consider how his views on these issues cohere with his other distinctive doctrines, and yet others focus on the historical impact that these doctrines had on his immediate successors and on our present thought. Their essays offer important new perspectives on some of the most fundamental issues that we continue to confront in modern society.

    • Explores Kant's views on autonomy, freedom, and personhood both as questions in their own right and in the context of his wider system of thought
    • Essays written by twelve leading international Kant scholars present fresh and up-to-date insights into his philosophy
    • Addresses the lasting influence of Kantian thinking in this area and the continuing importance of the issue of agency for our lives today
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    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316633564
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.312kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Eric Watkins
    Part I. Autonomy:
    1. The unconditioned goodness of the good will Eric Watkins
    2. Universal law Allen Wood
    3. Understanding autonomy: form and content of practical knowledge Stephen Engstrom
    4. The principle of autonomy in Kant's moral theory: its rise and fall Pauline Kleingeld
    Part II. Freedom:
    5. Evil and practical reason Lucy Allais
    6. Freedom as a postulate Marcus Willaschek
    7. Kant's struggle for freedom: freedom of will in Kant and Reinhold Paul Guyer
    8. The practice of self-consciousness: Kant on nature, freedom, and morality Dieter Sturma
    Part III. Persons:
    9. Kant's multiple concepts of person Béatrice Longuenesse
    10. We are not alone: a place for animals in Kant's ethics Barbara Herman
    11. The dynamism of reason in Kant and Hegel Robert Pippin
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    12. Once again: the end of all things Karl Ameriks.

  • Editor

    Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego
    Eric Watkins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality (Cambridge, 2005) and the editor of several books including Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Background Source Materials (Cambridge, 2009) and Immanuel Kant: Natural Science (Cambridge, 2011).


    Eric Watkins, Allen Wood, Stephen Engstrom, Pauline Kleingeld, Lucy Allais, Marcus Willaschek, Paul Guyer, Dieter Sturma, Béatrice Longuenesse, Barbara Herman, Robert Pippin, Karl Ameriks

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