How is Nature Possible? : Kant's Project in the First Critique
This is a concise commentary on Kant's aims and arguments in his celebrated "First Critique", within the context of the dominant schools of philosophy of his time. "How is Nature Possible?: Kant's Project in the First Critique" presents a clear and systematic appraisal of what is perhaps the most difficult treatise in the philosophical canon. Daniel N. Robinson situates Kant's undertaking in the "First Critique" within the context of the history of philosophy and as a response to the challenges of scepticism. Kant's central task in the "First Critique" is to tie his metaphysical analysis to the very possibility of nature itself. Where others assumed the validity or the weakness of perception and reason, Kant presents a critical appraisal of both, thereby establishing the very limits of sense and reason as instruments of discovery. Ideal for students at all levels, this fascinating introduction clarifies the aims and significance of Kant's project, locates its place within the history of philosophy and identifies the strengths and weaknesses reasonably attributed to this most significant contribution to the history of philosophical reflection.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
- 12 Apr 2012
- Continuum Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
Table of contents
Preface; 1. Preliminaries; 2. The Larger Context; 3. The Possibility of Metaphysics; 4. The Pure Intuitions and the Analogies of Experience; 5. Idealisms and their Refutation; 6. Concepts; 7. Judgment; 8. Whose Experience? The Self and Outer Sense; 9. The Discipline of Reason: Paralogisms, Antinomies and Freedom; Bibliography; Index.
In this insightful, lucid, and open-minded account, Daniel Robinson puts Kant's project into its intellectual and scientific context, engagingly bringing out the ambitious aims Kant set for himself and how he sought to achieve them. This is a highly instructive and valuable introduction to the First Critique.--Sanford Lakoff
About Daniel N. Robinson
Daniel N. Robinson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, UK, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Georgetown University, USA. His previous publications include An Intellectual History of Psychology (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995), Wild Beasts & Idle Humours: The Insanity Defense from Antiquity to the Present (Harvard University Press, 1996) and Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications (Princeton University Press, 2002).