The Philosophy of the Young Kant

The Philosophy of the Young Kant : The Precritical Project

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This is an intellectual biography covering Kant's early years, from 1747 (when he published his first book) to 1770, just before he published his most influential work, The Critique of Pure Reason. Schonfeld meticulously examines almost all of Kant's early works, summarizing their content, exhibiting their shortcomings, and most important, arguing that they are all aspects of a single project that Kant progressively carried out over the course of his early years -namely, the effort to reconcile metaphysical and scientific perspectives and combine them into a coherent model of nature. He reveals the continuity in Kant's entire oevre and shows that 'the pre-critical project', despite Kant's later repudiation, pushed philosophy forward.
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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 166 x 234 x 28mm | 739.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • New
  • 0195132181
  • 9780195132182

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Schonfeld characterization of Kant's precritical project, coupled with his detailed, well-articulated, and clearly presented exposition of its key components, is a very important achievement, and a very welcome addition to the literature on Kant's philosophy. * MIND * Schonfeld has produced a very good, very admirable book that should become a standard work on Kant's precritical philosophy, and should remain a basic reference for decades to come. * MIND * ... a careful reassessment of the first two decades of Kant's philosophical career. * The Review of Metaphysics * Schonfeld's grasp of the history of science is impressive, and his reconstructions of the young Kant's historical context are meticulous and instructive. By persuasively illustrating the inner logic of Kant's early development, Schonfeld's clear, well-organized, and copiously annotated book makes an important contribution to Kant scholarship. * The Review of Metaphysics *
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