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Lectures on Anthropology

Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant

Allen W. Wood, G. Felicitas Munzel, Robert B. Louden, Robert R. Clewis
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  • Date Published: October 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107583504

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  • Kant was one of the inventors of anthropology, and his lectures on anthropology were the most popular and among the most frequently given of his lecture courses. This volume contains the first translation of selections from student transcriptions of the lectures between 1772 and 1789, prior to the published version, Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View (1798), which Kant edited himself at the end of his teaching career. The two most extensive texts, Anthropology Friedländer (1772) and Anthropology Mrongovius (1786), are presented here in their entirety, along with selections from all the other lecture transcriptions published in the Academy edition, together with sizeable portions of the Menschenkunde (1781–2), first published in 1831. These lectures show that Kant had a coherent and well-developed empirical theory of human nature bearing on many other aspects of his philosophy, including cognition, moral psychology, politics and philosophy of history.

    • The first English translation of Kant's popular classroom lectures on anthropology
    • Includes selections from Kant's very first set of anthropology lectures as well as many later ones
    • An indispensable source for all interested in Kant's anthropology and the early history of anthropology as a science
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107583504
    • length: 640 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Allen W. Wood
    Anthropology Collins (1772–3) [excerpts] translated by Allen W. Wood
    Anthropology Parow (1772–3) [excerpts] translated by Allen W. Wood
    Anthropology Friedländer (1775–6) [complete] translated by G. Felicitas Munzel
    Anthropology Pillau (1777–8) [excerpts] translated by Allen W. Wood
    Menschenkunde (1781–2) [excerpts] translated by Robert B. Louden
    Anthropology Mrongovius (1784–5) [complete] translated by Robert R. Clewis
    Anthropology Busolt (1788–9) [excerpts] translated by Allen W. Wood.

  • Author

    Immanuel Kant

    Translators

    Robert R. Clewis, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Pennsylvania
    Robert R. Clewis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gwynedd-Mercy College.

    G. Felicitas Munzel, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    G. Felicitas Munzel is Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame.

    Editors and translators

    Robert B. Louden, University of Southern Maine
    Robert B. Louden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine.

    Allen W. Wood, Indiana University
    Allen W. Wood is Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University.

    Contributors

    Allen W. Wood, G. Felicitas Munzel, Robert B. Louden, Robert R. Clewis

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