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Kant and his German Contemporaries

Volume 2. Aesthetics, History, Politics, and Religion

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J. Colin McQuillan, Paul Guyer, Michael Baur, Elisabeth Décultot, Lydia L. Moland, Nigel DeSouza, Kristi Sweet, Ian Hunter, Gabriel Gottlieb, Brian A. Chance, Lawrence Pasternack, Marion Heinz, Daniel O. Dahlstrom
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107178168

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  • Kant's philosophical achievements have long overshadowed those of his German contemporaries, often to the point of concealing his contemporaries' influence upon him. This volume of new essays draws on recent research into the rich complexity of eighteenth-century German thought, examining key figures in the development of aesthetics and art history, the philosophy of history and education, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. The essays range over numerous thinkers including Baumgarten, Mendelssohn, Meyer, Winckelmann, Herder, Schiller, Hamann and Fichte, showing how they variously influenced, challenged, and revised Kant's philosophy, at times moving it in novel directions unacceptable to the magister himself. The volume will be valuable for all who are interested in this distinctive period of German philosophy.

    • Situates Kant's thought in the context of his German contemporaries
    • Re-examines the distinctively German inauguration of aesthetics and art history in the eighteenth century
    • Identifies creative departures from Kant's thought in the areas of educational and political philosophy
    • Explores several pressing religious concerns of the period – from questions of pantheism and immortality to the relation of faith and reason – in light of Kant's responses to them
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107178168
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Aesthetic Perspectives:
    1. Baumgarten, Meier, and Kant on aesthetic perfection J. Colin McQuillan
    2. Mendelssohn, Kant, and the aims of art Paul Guyer
    3. Winckelmann's Greek ideal and Kant's critical philosophy Michael Baur
    Part II. Historical Perspectives:
    4. Eighteenth-century anthropological and ethnological studies of Ancient Greece: Winckelmann, Herder, Caylus, and Kant Elisabeth Décultot
    5. Conjectural truths: Kant and Schiller on educating humanity Lydia L. Moland
    6. Herder's theory of organic forces and its Kantian origins Nigel DeSouza
    Part III. Political Perspectives:
    7. Kant and Mendelssohn: enlightenment, history, and the authority of reason Kristi Sweet
    8. Johann Jakob Moser and Immanuel Kant on public law and the German religious constitution Ian Hunter
    9. A family quarrel: Fichte's deduction of right and recognition Gabriel Gottlieb
    Part IV. Religious Perspectives:
    10. Rational faith and the pantheism controversy: Kant's 'orientation essay' and the evolution of his moral argument Brian A. Chance and Lawrence Pasternack
    11. Reason and immortality – Herder versus Kant Marion Heinz
    12. Reason within the limits of religion alone: Hamann's onto-christology Daniel O. Dahlstrom.

  • Editor

    Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University
    Daniel O. Dahlstrom is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His previous publications include The Emergence of German Idealism (1999), Philosophical Legacies: Essays on the Thought of Kant, Hegel, and their Contemporaries (2008), and Identity, Authenticity, and Humility (2017).


    J. Colin McQuillan, Paul Guyer, Michael Baur, Elisabeth Décultot, Lydia L. Moland, Nigel DeSouza, Kristi Sweet, Ian Hunter, Gabriel Gottlieb, Brian A. Chance, Lawrence Pasternack, Marion Heinz, Daniel O. Dahlstrom

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