Kant : The Three Critiques

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This accessible study grounds Kant's philosophical position in the context of his intellectual influences, most notably against the background of the scepticism and empiricism of David Hume. It is an ideal introduction to Kant's views in the key areas of knowledge and metaphysics; morality and freedom; and beauty and design.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 14mm | 396g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 0745626203
  • 9780745626208
  • 1,057,876

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Immanuel Kants three critiques the Critique of Pure Reason, theCritique of Practical Reason and the Critique of Judgment are amongthe pinnacles of Western Philosophy. This accessible study groundsKants philosophical position in the context of his intellectualinfluences, most notably against the background of the scepticismand empiricism of David Hume. It is an ideal critical introductionto Kants views in the key areas of knowledge and metaphysics;morality and freedom; and beauty and design.

By examining the Kantian system in the light of contemporaryarguments, Ward brings the structure and force of Kants CopernicanRevolution in Philosophy into sharp focus. Kant is oftenmisrepresented as a somewhat dry thinker, yet the clarity of Wardsexposition of his main themes, science, morality and aesthetics, through the three critiques brings his writings and theories tolife. Lucidly and persuasively written, this book will be avaluable resource for students and scholars seeking to understandKants immense influence.
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Table of contents

* Preface * Abbreviations and Conventions * Acknowledgments * * Part I: Critique of Pure Reason * Section I: A general introduction to Kant's Copernican revolution in Philosophy, and its relation to scientific knowledge and transcendent metaphysics * Section II: The division of judgments, and the status of mathematics and natural science * Section III: The Transcendental Aesthetic: the nature of space and time * Section IV: The Transcendental Analytic: how our experience - our knowledge of objects in space and time - is made possible * Section V: The Transcendental Dialectic: why no theoretical knowledge in transcendent metaphysics is possible * * Part II: Critique of Practical Reason * Section I: The Analytic of Pure Practical Reason: reason not sentiment as the foundation of morality, and how freedom of the will is proved Section II: The Dialectic of Pure Practical Reason: how morality establishes the existence of God and the immortality of the soul * Section III: The importance of Kant's Copernican revolution to his moral philosophy * Part III: Critique of Judgment * Section I: The Analytic of Aesthetic Judgment: defending a third way between an empiricist and a traditional rationalist theory of taste * Section II: The Dialectic of Aesthetic Judgment: why the judgment of taste and our attitude to natural beauty require a Copernican revolution in aesthetics * Section III: A Kantian or Human theory of taste? * Section IV: Teleology and the Principle of the Finality of Nature * Bibliography * Index
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"In this excellent introduction to all three of Kant's Critques', Andrew Ward's aim is to put idealism back in its rightful place in our understanding of Kant. His writing is forceful, engaging and admirably clear, and his exegesis is, in my view, fundamentally correct." -- Professor Adrian Moore, St Hugh's College, Oxford
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About Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York.
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