Kant and the Early Moderns

Kant and the Early Moderns

By: Beatrice Longuenesse (editor), Daniel Garber (editor)Paperback

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For the past 200 years, Kant has acted as a lens--sometimes a distorting lens--between historians of philosophy and early modern intellectual history. Kant's writings about Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume have been so influential that it has often been difficult to see these predecessors on any terms but Kant's own. In Kant and the Early Moderns, Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse bring together some of the world's leading historians of philosophy to consider Kant in relation to these earlier thinkers. These original essays are grouped in pairs. A first essay discusses Kant's direct engagement with the philosophical thought of Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, or Hume, while a second essay focuses more on the original ideas of these earlier philosophers, with reflections on Kant's reading from the point of view of a more direct interest in the earlier thinker in question. What emerges is a rich and complex picture of the debates that shaped the "transcendental turn" from early modern epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind to Kant's critical philosophy. The contributors, in addition to the editors, are Jean-Marie Beyssade, Lisa Downing, Dina Emundts, Don Garrett, Paul Guyer, Anja Jauernig, Wayne Waxman, and Kenneth P. Winkler.

About Author

Daniel Garber is professor of philosophy at Princeton University and the author of "Descartes Embodied" and "Descartes' Metaphysical Physics". Beatrice Longuenesse is professor of philosophy at New York University. Her books include "Kant on the Human Standpoint" and "Kant and the Capacity to Judge" (Princeton).


Preface: Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse ix Abbreviations and References for Primary Sources xi Introduction: by Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse 1 Chapter 1: Kant's "I Think" versus Descartes' "I Am a Thing That Thinks" by Beatrice Longuenesse 9 Chapter 2: Descartes' "I Am a Thing That Thinks" versus Kant's "I Think" by Jean-Marie Beyssade 32 Chapter 3: Kant's Critique of the Leibnizian Philosophy: Contra the Leibnizians, but Pro Leibniz by Anja Jauernig 41 Chapter 4: What Leibniz Really Said? by Daniel Garber 64 Chapter 5: Kant's Transcendental Idealism and the Limits of Knowledge: Kant's Alternative to Locke's Physiology by Paul Guyer 79 Chapter 6: The "Sensible Object" and the "Uncertain Philosophical Cause" by Lisa Downing 100 Chapter 7: Kant's Critique of Berkeley's Concept of Objectivity by Dina Emundts 117 Chapter 8: Berkeley and Kant by Kenneth P. Winkler 142 Chapter 9: Kant's Humean Solution to Hume's Problem by Wayne Waxman 172 Chapter 10. Should Hume Have Been a Transcendental Idealist? by Don Garrett 193 Notes 209 Bibliography 241 List of Contributors 249 Index 251

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  • ISBN13: 9780691137018
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780691137018
  • weight: 397
  • ISBN10: 0691137013

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