The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant

Paperback | June 1, 1997

bySusan Neiman

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The Unity of Reason is the first major study of Kant's account of reason. It argues that Kant's wide-ranging interests and goals can only be understood by redirecting attention from epistemological questions of his work to those concerning the nature of reason. Rather than accepting a notionof reason given by his predecessors, a fundamental aim of Kant's philosophy is to reconceive the nature of reason. This enables us to understand Kant's insistence on the unity of theoretical and practical reason as well as his claim that his metaphysics was driven by practical and political ends.Neiman begins by discussing the historical roots of Kant's conception of reason, and by showing Kant's solution to problems which earlier conceptions left unresolved. Kant's notion of reason itself is examined through a discussion of all the activities Kant attributes to reason. In separate chaptersdiscussing the role of reason in science, morality, religion, and philosophy, Neiman explores Kant's distinctions between reason and knowledge, and his difficult account of the regulative principles of reason. Through examination of these principles in Kant's major and minor writings, The Unity ofReason provides a fundamentally new perspective on Kant's entire work.

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This book presents a very important general account of Kant's philosophy. With its powerful challenge--both philosophical and exegetical--to the epistemologically-focused mainstream of Kant scholarship, this book will deservedly be central to future discussion of the meaning and intent of the critical enterprise.

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The Unity of Reason is the first major study of Kant's account of reason. It argues that Kant's wide-ranging interests and goals can only be understood by redirecting attention from epistemological questions of his work to those concerning the nature of reason. Rather than accepting a notionof reason given by his predecessors, a fundam...

Susan Neiman is at Tel Aviv University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195113888

ISBN - 13:9780195113884

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This book presents a very important general account of Kant's philosophy. With its powerful challenge--both philosophical and exegetical--to the epistemologically-focused mainstream of Kant scholarship, this book will deservedly be central to future discussion of the meaning and intent of the critical enterprise.

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"This book constitutes a masterful rereading of Kant....Neiman not only covers ground rarely covered by commentators but also shows how this neglect leads them to misinterpretation....Neiman's study...is by far the most careful analysis of this difficult area of Kant's work. The clarity of herthinking and the lucidity of her writing make this book a major achieve ment."--Ethics