Kant on Causation

Kant on Causation : On the Fivefold Routes to the Principle of Causation

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Kant famously confessed that Hume's treatment of cause and effect woke him from his dogmatic slumber. According to Hume, the concept of cause does not arise through reason, but through force of habit. Kant believes this can be avoided through the development of a revolutionary new cognitive framework as presented in the Critique of Pure Reason. Focusing on the Second Analogy and other important texts from the first Critique, as well as texts from the Critique of Judgment, the author discusses the nature of Kant's causal principle, the nature of his proof for this principle, and the status of his intended proof. Bayne argues that the key to understanding Kant's proof is his discussion of objects of representations, and that it is his investigation into the requirements for an event's being an object of representations that enables him to develop his proof of the causal principle.
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  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 163.1 x 237.7 x 16.8mm | 381.02g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791459012
  • 9780791459010

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"Bayne's book, which focuses on Kant's argument for causality in the Second Analogy, is especially valuable because it presents the vast literature on the topic in terms of contrasting argumentative strategies, points out objections that each strategy must face, and offers a novel reconstruction of Kant's argument. Since these discussions are clear and accessible to those who are not Kant scholars, Bayne's book represents a significant contribution."
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About Steven M. Bayne

Steven M. Bayne is Visiting Instructor of Philosophy at Fairfield University.
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