Kants Critique of Spinoza

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

byOmri Boehm

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Contemporary philosophers frequently assume that Kant never seriously engaged with Spinoza or Spinozism - certainly not before the break of Der Pantheismusstreit, or within the Critique of Pure Reason. Offering an alternative reading of key pre-critical texts and to some of the Critique's mostcentral chapters, Omri Boehm challenges this common assumption. He argues that Kant not only is committed to Spinozism in early essays such as "The One Possible Basis" and "New Elucidation," but also takes up Spinozist metaphysics as Transcendental Realism's most consistent form in the Critique ofPure Reason. The success - or failure - of Kant's critical projects must be evaluated in this light. Boehm here examines The Antinomies alongside Spinoza's Substance Monism and his theory of freedom. Similarly, he analyzes the refutation of the Ontological Argument in parallel with Spinoza's Causa-sui. More generally, Boehm places the Critique of Pure Reason's separation of Thought from Being andIs from Ought in dialogue with the Ethics' collapse of Being, Is and Ought into Thought.

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Contemporary philosophers frequently assume that Kant never seriously engaged with Spinoza or Spinozism - certainly not before the break of Der Pantheismusstreit, or within the Critique of Pure Reason. Offering an alternative reading of key pre-critical texts and to some of the Critique's mostcentral chapters, Omri Boehm challenges thi...

Omri Boehm teaches philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the New School for Social Research. He earned his PhD at Yale and has done philosophical work in Heidelberg and LMU-Munich. His publications include work on Kant, Early Modern Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of The Binding of Isaac: A Religiou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The One Possible Basis: The Ideal of Pure Reason and Kant's Regulative Spinozism2. The First Antinomy and Spinoza3. The Third Antinomy and Spinoza4. The Causa Sui and the Ontological Argument, or The Principle of Sufficient Reason and The Is-Ought Distinction5. Radical Enlightenment, the Pantheismusstreit, and a Change of Tone in the Critique of Pure ReasonBibliographyAcknowledgements