Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling, and Kierkegaard

Paperback | February 14, 2010

byMichelle Kosch

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Michelle Kosch's book traces a complex of issues surrounding moral agency - how is moral responsibility consistent with the possibility of theoretical explanation? is moral agency essentially rational agency? can autonomy be the foundation of ethics? - from Kant through Schelling toKierkegaard. There are two complementary projects here. The first is to clarify the contours of German idealism as a philosophical movement by examining the motivations not only of its beginning, but also of its end. In tracing the motivations for the transition to mid-19th century post-idealism toSchelling's middle and late periods and, ultimately, back to a problem originally presented in Kant, it shows the causes of the demise of that movement to be the same as the causes of its rise. In the process it presents the most detailed discussion to date of the moral psychology and moralepistemology of Schelling's work after 1809.The second project - which is simply the first viewed from a different angle - is to trace the sources of Kierkegaard's theory of agency and his criticism of philosophical ethics to this same complex of issues in Kant and post-Kantian idealism. In the process, Kosch argues that Schelling's influenceon Kierkegaard was greater than has been thought, and builds a new understanding of Kierkegaard's project in his pseudonymous works on the basis of this revised picture of their historical background. It is one that uncovers much of interest and relevance to contemporary debates.

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Michelle Kosch's book traces a complex of issues surrounding moral agency - how is moral responsibility consistent with the possibility of theoretical explanation? is moral agency essentially rational agency? can autonomy be the foundation of ethics? - from Kant through Schelling toKierkegaard. There are two complementary projects here...

Michelle Kosch is Professor of Philosophy at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 14, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199577943

ISBN - 13:9780199577941

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Kant's account of freedom2. Kant on autonomy and moral evil3. Idealism and autonomy in Schelling's early systems4. Freedom against reason: Schelling's Freiheitsschrift and later work5. 'Despair' in the pseudonymous works, and Kierkegaard's double incompatibilism6. Religiousness B and agencyConclusion

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Review from previous edition: "Marks the emergence of an already strong scholar with the potential to become a major voice in Anglophone understanding of 19th century European thought." --Alistair Welchman, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews