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This collection of new essays, the first of its kind in English, considers the ways in which the philosophy of Immanuel Kant engages with the views of lesser-known eighteenth-century German thinkers. Each chapter casts new light on aspects of Kant's complex relationship with these figures, particularly with respect to key aspects of his logic, metaphysics, epistemology, theory of science, and ethics. The portrait of Kant that emerges is of a major thinker thoroughly engaged with his contemporaries - drawing on their ideas and approaches, targeting their arguments for criticism and responding to their concerns, and seeking to secure the legacy of his thought among them. This volume will open the door for further research on Kant and his methods of philosophical inquiry, while introducing readers to the distinctive and influential philosophical contributions of several previously neglected figures.
Kant and his German Contemporaries : Volume 1, Logic, Mind, Epistemology, Science and Ethics
Introduction Corey W. Dyck and Falk Wunderlich; Part I. General and Transcendental Logic: 1. Wolff's empirical psychology and the structure of the transcendental logic Brian A. Chance; 2. From logical calculus to logical formality: what Kant did with Euler's circles Huaping Lu-Adler; Part II. Metaphysics and the Mind: 3. Kant and Tetens on the unity of the self Udo Thiel; 4. G. F. Meier and Kant on the belief in the immortality of the soul Corey W. Dyck; 5. Maimon and Kant on the nature of the mind Brandon C. Look; Part III. Truth, idealism, and scepticism: 6. Lambert and Kant on truth Thomas Sturm; 7. Mendelssohn, Kant, and the refutation of idealism Paul Guyer; 8. Platner on Kant: from scepticism to dogmatic critique Falk Wunderlich; Part IV. History and Philosophy of Science: 9. Lambert and Kant on cognition (Erkenntnis) and science (Wissenschaft) Eric Watkins; 10. Kant and the skull collectors: German anthropology from Blumenbach to Kant Jennifer Mensch; Part V. Freedom, Immortality, and Happiness: 11. Kant and Crusius on the role of immortality in morality Paola Rumore; 12. Kant and Feder on the will, happiness, and the aim of moral philosophy Stefano Bacin; 13. The antithetic between freedom and natural necessity: Garve's problem and Kant's solution Heiner F. Klemme.