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As the pre-eminent Enlightenment philosopher, Kant famously calls on all humans to make up their own minds, independently from the constraints imposed on them by others. Kant's focus, however, is on universal human reason, and he tells us little about what makes us individual persons. In this book, Katharina T. Kraus explores Kant's distinctive account of psychological personhood by unfolding how, according to Kant, we come to know ourselves as such persons. Drawing on Kant's Critical works and on his Lectures and Reflections, Kraus develops the first textually comprehensive and systematically coherent account of our capacity for what Kant calls 'inner experience'. The novel view of self-knowledge and self-formation in Kant that she offers addresses present-day issues in philosophy of mind and will be relevant for contemporary philosophical debates. It will be of interest to scholars of the history of philosophy, as well as of philosophy of mind and psychology.Read more
- Offers a novel view of Kant's theory of self-knowledge and personhood
- Provides a new, systematically coherent and textually comprehensive account of Kant's notion of 'inner experience'
- Develops a cogent account of human individuality that addresses present-day issues in philosophy of mind and psychology
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‘Katharina T. Kraus provides us with an original and valuable exploration of Kant's specifically regulative idea of the soul and the relation of this idea to inner experience and self-formation. The topics she treats are as important philosophically as they are as matters of Kant interpretation, and her analysis represents a welcome addition to the existing literature.' Julian Wuerth, Vanderbilt UniversitySee more reviews
'Katharina Kraus’ important book offers a careful discussion of Kant’s account of the self and self-awareness that is both hermeneutically and philosophically rewarding. On her highly original reading of Kant, our self or person is not something we find, but something we must achieve. Kraus develops this deep and difficult idea with impressive ingenuity and sophistication.' Marcus Willaschek, Goethe-University Frankfurt
'This account of Kant’s psychology, which Kraus establishes with great patience, analytic clarity, technical accuracy, and systematic consequence, is highly innovative and intriguing.It will certainly stir vivid debates in the years to come. Chapters 3 and 4 are particularly convincing, attesting to an excellent knowledge of the existing literature and today’s philosophical debates.' Stefanie Buchenau, Journal of the History of Philosophy
'… you should buy this book if you have a healthy interest in epistemic justification, logical consistency, self-cognition, empirical character traits and behavioural dispositions.' Jason Wakefield, A Genealogy of Ontology
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- Date Published: December 2020
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108836647
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 155 x 235 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.6kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: from inner experience to the self-formation of psychological persons
Part I. The Appearing Self:
1. Inner sense as the faculty for inner receptivity
2. Temporal consciousness and inner perception
Part II. Self-Consciousness and the 'I' of the Understanding:
3. The form of reflexivity and the expression 'I think'
4. The conditions of self-reference
Part III. The Human Person and the Demands of Reason:
5. The guiding thread of inner experience
6. The demands of theoretical reason and self-knowledge
7. The demands of practical reason and self-formation
Epilogue: individuality and wholeness.
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