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Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
A Critical Guide


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James R. O'Shea, Eric Watkins, Stephen Engstrom, Lucy Allais, Michela Massimi, Michael Wolff, Kenneth R. Westphal, Barry Stroud, James Conant, Patricia Kitcher, Lisa Shabel, Ralf M. Bader, Graham Bird, John J. Callanan, Andrew Chignell
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107427501

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  • Kant's monumental book the Critique of Pure Reason was arguably the most conceptually revolutionary work in the history of philosophy and its impact continues to be felt throughout philosophical debates today. However, it is a notoriously difficult work whose basic meaning and lasting philosophical significance are both subject to ongoing controversy. In this Critical Guide, an international team of leading Kant scholars addresses the challenges, clarifying Kant's basic terms and arguments, and engaging with the debates that surround this central text. Providing compact explanations along with cutting-edge interpretations of nearly all of the main themes and arguments in Kant's Critique, this volume provides well-balanced arguments on such controversial topics as the interpretation of Kant's transcendental idealism, conceptualism and non-conceptual content in perception, and the soundness of his transcendental arguments. This volume will engage readers of Kant at all levels.

    • Offers incisive analysis of one of history's most influential philosophical texts
    • The book's clear structure guides readers through Kant's argument, making this notoriously challenging work accessible to students as well as researchers
    • Situates Kant's masterpiece within the context of the controversies that have surrounded it throughout the centuries, and addresses recent scholarly and philosophical debates
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    'The individual essays of this volume are of high quality and fit together well, even when - or perhaps especially when - they defend contradictory positions on a given issue … This will be a book that Kant scholars will want to read.' James Messina, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107427501
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction James R. O'Shea
    1. Kant on the distinction between sensibility and understanding Eric Watkins
    2. Knowledge and its object Stephen Engstrom
    3. Transcendental idealism and the transcendental aesthetic: reading the critique of pure reason forwards Lucy Allais
    4. Kant on the ideality of space and the argument from Spinozism Michela Massimi
    5. How precise is Kant's table of judgments? Michael Wolff (translated by Kenneth R. Westphal)
    6. Kant's 'Transcendental Deduction' Barry Stroud
    7. Kant's critique of the layer-cake conception of human mindedness in the B deduction James Conant
    8. The critical and 'empty' representation 'I think' Patricia Kitcher
    9. Kant's mathematical principles of pure understanding Lisa Shabel
    10. Kant's dynamical principles: the analogies of experience Kenneth R. Westphal
    11. The refutation of idealism Ralf M. Bader
    12. The antinomies: an entirely natural antithetic of human reason Graham Bird
    13. The ideal of reason John J. Callanan
    14. Knowledge, discipline, system, hope: the fate of metaphysics in the doctrine of method Andrew Chignell.

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    James R. O'Shea, University College Dublin
    James R. O'Shea is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin. He is the author of Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn (2007) and Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason': An Introduction and Interpretation (2012), and the editor of Sellars and his Legacy (2016).


    James R. O'Shea, Eric Watkins, Stephen Engstrom, Lucy Allais, Michela Massimi, Michael Wolff, Kenneth R. Westphal, Barry Stroud, James Conant, Patricia Kitcher, Lisa Shabel, Ralf M. Bader, Graham Bird, John J. Callanan, Andrew Chignell

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