Kant's System of Nature and Freedom: Selected Essays by Paul GuyerKant's System of Nature and Freedom: Selected Essays by Paul Guyer

Kant's System of Nature and Freedom: Selected Essays

byPaul Guyer

Paperback | April 21, 2005

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The concept of systematicity is central to Immanuel Kant's conception of scientific knowledge and to his practical philosophy. But Kant also held that we must be able to unite the separate systems of nature and freedom into a single system: on the one hand, morality itself requires that we beable to see its commands and goals as realizable within nature, while on the other hand our experience of nature itself leads us to see it as a system with the goal of human moral development. The essays in this volume, including two published here for the first time, explore various aspects ofKant's conception of the system of nature, the system of freedom, and the system of nature and freedom. The essays in the first part explore the systematicity of concepts and laws as the ultimate goal of natural science, consider the implications of Kant's account of our experience of organisms for the goal of the unity of science, and examine Kant's attempts to prove that the existence of an ether isa necessary condition for a physical system of nature. The essays in the second part explore Kant's view that morality requires a systematic union of persons as ends in themselves and of the ends that persons set for themselves, and examine the system of duties and obligations necessary to realizesuch a systematic union of persons and their ends. These essays thus examine both the general foundations of Kant's moral philosophy and his final account of the duties of right or justice and of ethics or virtue in his late work, the Metaphysics of Morals. The essays in the third part examineKant's attempt, in the last of his three great critiques, the Critique of the Power of Judgment., to unify the systems of nature and freedom through a radical transformation of traditional teleology as a theory of the creation of organic nature into an account of our experience of organic nature andof nature as a whole.
Paul Guyer is at Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania.
Title:Kant's System of Nature and Freedom: Selected EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 21, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The System of Nature1. Reason and Reflective Judgement: Kant on the Significance of Systematicity2. Kant's Conception of Empirical Law3. Kant on the Systematicity of Nature: Two Puzzles4. Kant's Ether Deduction and the Possibility of Experience5. Organisms and the Unity of SciencePart II: The System of Freedom6. Kant on the Theory and Practice of Autonomy7. The Form and Matter of the Categorical Imperative8. Ends of Reason and Ends of Nature: The Place of Teleology in Kant's Ethics9. Kant's Deductions of the Principles of Right10. Kant's System of DutiesPart III: The System of Nature and Freedom11. The Unity of Nature and Freedom: Kant's Conception of the System of Philosophy12. From Nature to Morality: Kant's New Argument in the 'Critique of Teleological Judgement'13. Purpose in Nature: What is Living and What is Dead in Kant's Teleology

Editorial Reviews

"The essays in this collection exemplify what an impeccable command of texts together with unfailing philosophical insight can achieve in doing history of philosophy. They reaffirm Guyer's place as the preeminent figure in contemporary Kant studies."--Arthur Melnick, The Review of Metaphysics