Imagination in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason

Imagination in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason

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With particular focus on imagination, Bernard Freydberg presents a close reading of Kant's second critique, The Critique of Practical Reason. In an interpretation that is daring as well as rigorous, Freydberg reveals imagination as both its central force and the bridge that links Kant's three critiques. Freydberg's reading offers a powerful challenge to the widespread view that Kant's ethics calls for rigid, self-denying obedience. Here, to the contrary, the search for self-fulfillment becomes an enormously creative endeavor once imagination is understood as the heart of Kantian ethics. Seasoned scholars and newer students will find a surprising and provocative view of Kant's ethics in this straightforward and accessible more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217873
  • 9780253217875
  • 1,450,706

About Bernard Freydberg

Bernard Freydberg is Professor of Philosophy at Slippery Rock University. He is author of Imagination and Depth in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason; The Play of the Platonic Dialogues; and Provocative Form in Plato, Kant, Nietzsche (and Others).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsNote on the Text and on Page ReferencesPrologue. From the Critique of Pure Reason to the Critique of Practical ReasonIntroduction. Weapons of War: Preliminary Reflections on the Practical in the Critique of Pure ReasonPart 1. Analytic of Pure Practical ReasonCh. 1. Principles of Pure Practical Reason: Imagination and Moral "Derivation"Ch. 2. The Concept of an Object of Pure Practical Reason: Imagination, Good and Evil, and the TypicCh. 3. The Incentives (Triebfeder) of Pure Practical Reason: Incentive-Creating Imagination and Moral FeelingPart 2. Dialectic and Methodology of Pure Practical ReasonCh. 4. Dialectic of Pure Practical Reason in General and ImaginationCh. 5. Imagination and the Postulates of Immortality and GodCh. 6. Imagination and the Moral Extension of ReasonCh. 7. Methodology of Pure Practical Reason: Images and EcstasyConclusion(s)Epilogue: From the Critique of Practical Reason to the Critique of JudgmentNotes BibliographyIndexshow more