The Cambridge Companion to Kant

Published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.


The fundamental task of philosophy since the seventeenth century has been to determine whether the essential principles of both knowledge and action can be discovered by human beings unaided by an external agency. No one philosopher contributed more to this enterprise than Kant, whose Critique of Pure Reason (1781) shook the very foundations of the intellectual world. Kant argued that the basic principles of the natural science are imposed on reality by human sensibility and understanding, and thus that human beings are also free to impose their own free and rational agency on the world. This 1992 volume is the only systematic and comprehensive account of the full range of Kant’s writings available, and the first major overview of his work to be published in more than a dozen years. An internationally recognised team of Kant scholars explore Kant’s conceptual revolution in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.


Introduction: the starry heavens and the moral law Paul Guyer
1. Kant’s intellectual development: 1746-81 Frederick C. Beiser
2. The transcendental aesthetic Charles Parsons
3. Functions of thought and the synthesis of intuitions J. Michael Young
4. The transcendental deduction of the categories Paul Guyer
5. Causal laws and the foundations of natural science Michael Friedman
6. Empirical, rational and transcendental psychology: psychology as science and as philosophy Gary Hatfield
7. Reason and practice of science Thomas E. Wartenberg
8. The critique of metaphysics: Kant and traditional ontology Karl Ameriks
9. Vindicating reason Onora O’Neill
10. Autonomy, obligation and virtue: an overview of Kant’s moral philosophy J. B. Schneewind
11. Politics, freedom and order: Kant’s political philosophy Wolfgang Kersting
12. Taste, sublimity and genius: the aesthetics of nature and art Eva Schaper
13. Rational theology, moral faith and religion Allen W. Wood
14. The first twenty years of critique: the Spinoza connection George di Gionvanni

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