Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics

Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014)
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Julian Wuerth offers a radically new interpretation of major themes in Kant's philosophy. He explores Kant's ontology of the mind, his transcendental idealism, his account of the mind's powers, and his theory of action, and goes on to develop an original, moral realist account of Kant's ethics.



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This introductory chapter first discusses the breadth and depth of Kant’s philosophy, which has been likened by readers to a ‘jungle’. It suggests that the difficulty in understanding Kant’s philosophy it not because of its complexity, but because his philosophy is a system, which is groun... see more

Transcendental Idealism and Immediatism, Pre-Critique

This chapter first examines certain aspects of Kant’s critical epistemology that may conflict with his immediatism. These aspects of Kant’s critical epistemology include: the Critique’s discursivity thesis, which argues that synthetic knowledge requires both intuitions and concepts; and it... see more

Kant’s Substantial Soul

This chapter analyzes Kant’s ontology of the soul, his related epistemology, and his rejection of rational psychology in his recorded thought from the 1781 Critique through the late 1790s. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section considers the immediate context for the Paralo... see more

Kant’s Moral Realism and Korsgaard’s Constructivism

This chapter examines Korsgaard’s broader constructivist interpretation of Kant’s ethics and its defining intellectualism and moral anti-realism, arguing that Korsgaard’s interpretation, despite the many virtues, is fundamentally flawed, both philosophically and as an interpretation of Kan... see more

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