Kant and the Historical Turn: Philosophy as Critical Interpretation

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byKarl Ameriks

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Immanuel Kant's work changed the course of modern philosophy; in these essays Karl Ameriks examines how. He compares the philosophical system set out in Kant's Critiques with the work of the major philosophers before and after him (Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Jacobi, Reinhold, the earlyGerman Romantics, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx). A systematic introduction argues that complexities in the interpretation of Kant's system led to a new emphasis on history, subjectivity, and aesthetics. This emphasis defined a distinctive interpretive style of philosophizing that has become especiallyinfluential and fruitful once again in our own time. The individual essays provide case studies in support of the thesis that late 18th-century reactions to Kant initiated an 'historical turn', after which historical and systematic considerations became joined in a way that fundamentally distinguishes philosophy from science and art, withoutfalling back into mere historicism. In this way it is shown that philosophy's 'historical turn' is both similar to and unlike the turn to history undertaken by most other disciplines in this era. Part One argues that close attention to the historical context of Kant's philosophy is crucial to avoiding frequent misunderstandings that have arisen in comparing Kant with other major modern philosophers. Part Two contends that it was mainly the writing of Kant's first major interpreter that ledto special philosophical emphasis on history in other major post-Kantian thinkers. Part Three argues that Hegel's system and its influence on post-Hegelians were determined largely by variations on Reinhold's historical turn. Part Four engages with major contemporary philosophers who have combined astudy of particular themes in Kant and German Idealism with an appreciation for phenomena closely associated with the general notion of an historical turn in philosophy.

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Immanuel Kant's work changed the course of modern philosophy; in these essays Karl Ameriks examines how. He compares the philosophical system set out in Kant's Critiques with the work of the major philosophers before and after him (Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Jacobi, Reinhold, the earlyGerman Romantics, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Marx...

Karl Ameriks received his B.A. from Yale in 1969, his Ph.D from Yale in 1973. Since then he has taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he is McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy. In addition to three books on Kant, he has co-translated works by Kant and Husserl, and edited volumes concerning German philosophy and its contempo...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:September 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: On the Very Notion of an Historical Turn in PhilosophyPart I. Kant and After1. Text and Context: Hermeneutical Prolegomena to Interpreting a Kant Text2. Kantian Apperception and the Non-Cartesian Subject3. Idealism from Kant to Berkeley4. Kant, Hume, and the Problem of Moral Motivation5. A Commonsense Kant?6. The Critique of Metaphysics: The Structure and Fate of Kant's DialecticPart II. Reinhold and After7. Reinhold's First Letters on Kant8. Reinhold on Systematicity, Popularity, and 'The Historical Turn'Part III. Hegel and After9. Hegel's Aesthetics: New Perspectives on its Response to Kant and Romanticism10. The Legacy of Idealism in the Philosophy of Feuerbach, Marx, and KierkegaardPart IV. Contemporary Interpretations11. On Beiser's 'German Idealism'12. The Key Role of iSelbstgefuhl/i in Philosophy's Aesthetic and Historical Turns13. Historical Constellations and Copernican ContextsBibliography of Works Cited

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"The history of science is largely irrelevant to tis contemporary practice, while the history of literature is an essential feature of the modern study of the field, but what precisely is--or should be--the relation between philosophy and its history? This is the central question that Karl Ameriks poses in his marvelously rich new book, Kant and the Historical Turn, and the answer to it serves as the guiding thread that link the work's thirteen essays.--Peter Thielke, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews