The Transcendental Turn

Hardcover | April 16, 2015

EditorSebastian Gardner, Matthew Grist

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Kant's influence on the history of philosophy is vast and protean. The transcendental turn denotes one of its most important forms, defined by the notion that Kant's deepest insight should not be identified with any specific epistemological or metaphysical doctrine, but rather concerns thefundamental standpoint and terms of reference of philosophical enquiry. To take the transcendental turn is not to endorse any of Kant's specific teachings, but to accept that the Copernican revolution announced in the Preface of the Critique of Pure Reason sets philosophy on a new footing andconstitutes the proper starting point of philosophical reflection.The aim of this volume is to map the historical trajectory of transcendental philosophy and the major forms that it has taken. The contributions, from leading contemporary scholars, focus on the question of what the transcendental turn consists in - its motivation, justification, and implications;and the limitations and problems which it arguably confronts - with reference to the relevant major figures in modern philosophy, including Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Wittgenstein. Central themes and topics discussed include the distinction of realism fromidealism, the relation of transcendental to absolute idealism, the question of how transcendental conclusions stand in relation to (and whether they can be made compatible with) naturalism, the application of transcendental thought to foundational issues in ethics, and the problematic relation ofphenomenology to transcendental enquiry.

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Kant's influence on the history of philosophy is vast and protean. The transcendental turn denotes one of its most important forms, defined by the notion that Kant's deepest insight should not be identified with any specific epistemological or metaphysical doctrine, but rather concerns thefundamental standpoint and terms of reference o...

Sebastian Gardner completed a doctorate on the philosophy of psychoanalysis at King's College Cambridge, under the supervision of Jim Hopkins, in 1987. For one year he held a Lectureship in the Department of Philosophy at Leicester University, and for two years was Lecturer and Director of Studies in Philosophy at St. Hilda's College....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.11 inPublished:April 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsNotes on ContributorsSebastian Gardner: Introduction: The Transcendental Turn1. Henry E. Allison: From Transcendental Realism to Transcendental Idealism: The Nature and Significance of Kant's 'Transcendental Turn'2. Karl Ameriks: On Reconciling the Transcendental Turn with Kant's Idealism3. Paul Abela: Kant, Naturalism, and the Reach of Practical Reason4. Daniel Breazeale: The 'Synthetic-Genetic Method' of Transcendental Philosophy: Kantian Questions/Fichtean Answers5. Rolf-Peter Horstmann: Fichte's Anti-Skeptical Programme: On the Anti-Skeptical Strategies in Fichte's Presentations of the Wissenschaftslehre 1794 to 1801/026. Paul Guyer: Fichte's Transcendental Ethics7. Robert Pippin: Finite and Absolute Idealism: The Transcendental and the Metaphysical Hegel8. Stephen Houlgate: Is Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit an Essay in Transcendental Argument?9. Beatrice Han-Pile: Transcendental Aspects, Ontological Commitments, and Naturalistic Elements in Nietzsche's Thought10. Dan Zahavi: Husserl and the Transcendental11. Steven Crowell: Phenomenology and Transcendental Philosophy: Making Meaning Thematic12. Taylor Carman: Heidegger on Unconcealment and Correctness13. Cristina Lafont: Transcendental versus Hermeneutic Phenomenology in Being and Time14. Sebastian Gardner: Merleau-Ponty's Transcendental Theory of Perception15. Stephen Mulhall: 'Hopelessly Strange': Bernard Williams' Portrait of Wittgenstein as a Transcendental Idealist16. Wayne M. Martin: Stoic Transcendentalism and the Doctrine of Oikeiosis