Interpreting Kants Critiques

Paperback | November 21, 2003

byKarl Ameriks

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Karl Ameriks here collects his most important essays to provide a uniquely detailed and up-to-date analysis of Kant's main arguments in all three major areas of his work: theoretical philosophy (Critique of Pure Reason), practical philosophy (Critique of Practical Reason), and aesthetics(Critique of Judgment).A substantial, specially written introduction sets out common themes in the structure and interpretation of Kant's Critical philosophy. The first part of the book includes several of the author's well-known essays on the Critique of Pure Reason , emphasizing Kant's central theoretical notions of atranscendental deduction and transcendental idealism, and providing an extensive review of recent English and German scholarship in this area. Part II includes new discussions of the Critique of Practical Reason and its relation to Kant's other main work in moral theory, the Groundwork of theMetaphysics of Morals. Part III focuses on taste and the Critique of Judgment, and on the controversial hypothesis that even in this area Kant's position is fundamentally objective and conceptual.This collection has two distinctive characteristics. First, it demonstrates in detail how, for understanding the basic structure of any one of Kant's Critiques, it is extremely important and helpful to keep in mind its logical and historical relation to Kant's other Critiques - and hence to trackthe parallels and differences between theoretical, practical, and aesthetic forms of judgment and reason. Secondly, the book makes interpretation itself a central issue. That is, not only does it offer a series of interrelated interpretations of Kant's main works, along with a detailed comparisonand assessment of other interpretations, but it also argues that the difficulty of interpretation is itself a central feature of the Critical philosophy, and that the difficulties of that philosophy have become paradigmatic for modern philosophy in general. Interpreting Kant's Critiques complements and extends the arguments of the author's earlier books, Kant's Theory of Mind and Kant and the Fate of Autonomy. It will find a wide readership not just amongst Kant specialists but among the many philosophers following in his footsteps.

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Karl Ameriks here collects his most important essays to provide a uniquely detailed and up-to-date analysis of Kant's main arguments in all three major areas of his work: theoretical philosophy (Critique of Pure Reason), practical philosophy (Critique of Practical Reason), and aesthetics(Critique of Judgment).A substantial, specially w...

Karl Ameriks is at University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:November 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Common Ground of Kant's CritiquesPart I: The First Critique and Kant's Theoretical Philosophy1. Kant's Transcendental Deduction as Regressive Argument2. Recent Work on Kant's Theoretical Philosophy3. Kantian Idealism Today4. The Critique of Metaphysics: Kant and Traditional Ontology5. Kant and Short Arguments to HumilityPart II: The Second Critique and Kant's Practical Philosophy6. Kant's Deduction of Freedom and Morality7. Kant on the Good Will8. Kant and Hegel on Freedom: Two New Interpretations9. Kant's Groundwork III Argument Reconsidered10. 'Pure Reason of Itself Alone Suffices to Determine the Will'11. On the Two Non-Realist Intepretations of Kant's EthicsPart III: The Third Critique and Kant's Aesthetics12. How to Save Kant's Deduction of Taste as Objective13. New Views on Kant's Judgment of Taste14. Taste, Conceptuality, and Objectivity

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"For any student of Kant's critical philosophy, this work merits serious, attentive reading. Ameriks provides here a perhaps unequaled orientation to the positions and approaches in contemporary Kant scholarship both Anglo-American and German (a daunting body of work and thus an impressive accomplishment itself). ... Ameriks provides an invaluable service to Kant scholarship...and to all readers of Kant in elaborating and powerfully defending his controversial-traditionalist interpretation."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews