In this study, Charles M. Sherover argues that there is a single, substantial line of development that can be traced from the work of Leibniz through Kant and Royce to Heidegger. The essays lead finally to Sherover's own view of the self as a member of a moral and political community.
1. Forming the mind of modernity 1 -- 2. Kant's debt to Leibniz -- 3. Kant : voice of the German Enlightenment -- 4. Two kinds of transcendental objectivity -- 5. Royce's pragmatic idealism and existential phenomenology -- 6. Heidegger's use of Kant in Being and time -- 7. Heidegger's ontology and the Copernican revolution -- 8. Founding an existential ethic -- 9. The hermeneutic structure of resoluteness -- 10. Some dimensions of 'heritage' -- 11. Rousseau's civil religion -- 12. The conditions of freedom : a new world order.