Kant and Rational Psychology by Corey W. DyckKant and Rational Psychology by Corey W. Dyck

Kant and Rational Psychology

byCorey W. Dyck

Hardcover | March 24, 2014

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Corey W. Dyck presents a new account of Kant's criticism of the rational investigation of the soul in his monumental Critique of Pure Reason, in light of its eighteenth-century German context. When characterizing the rational psychology that is Kant's target in the Paralogisms of Pure Reasonchapter of the Critique commentators typically only refer to an approach to, and an account of, the soul found principally in the thought of Descartes and Leibniz. But Dyck argues that to do so is to overlook the distinctive rational psychology developed by Christian Wolff, which emphasized theempirical foundation of any rational cognition of the soul, and which was widely influential among eighteenth-century German philosophers, including Kant. In this book, Dyck reveals how the received conception of the aim and results of Kant's Paralogisms must be revised in light of a proper understanding of the rational psychology that is the most proximate target of Kant's attack. In particular, he contends that Kant's criticism hinges upon exposingthe illusory basis of the rational psychologist's claims inasmuch as he falls prey to the appearance of the soul as being given in inner experience. Moreover, Dyck demonstrates that significant light can be shed on Kant's discussion of the soul's substantiality, simplicity, personality, andexistence by considering the Paralogisms in this historical context.
Corey W. Dyck specializes in the history of German philosophy, with an emphasis on the eighteenth century and Kant in particular. His recent research has focused on issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind in the period from Wolff to Kant, and he has published articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Kant-Studien, Bri...
Title:Kant and Rational PsychologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968829X

ISBN - 13:9780199688296


Table of Contents

Note on Translations and Key to Abbreviations and CitationsList of Important Figures in the History of German Rational PsychologyIntroduction1. The Marriage of Reason and Experience: Wolff's Rational Psychology2. From Wolff to Kant: Rational Psychology in the Eighteenth Century3. Pure Rational Psychology and the Substantiality of the Soul4. The Achilles and the Tortoise: The Simplicity of the Soul5. The Aeneas Argument: The Personality of the Soul6. Cartesian Questions: Idealism and the Illusion of the Soul7. Kant's Impure Rational Psychology: Fundamental Forces and the Investigation of Inner AppearancesConclusionBibliography