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Taylor & Francis, Aug 28, 2006 - Philosophy - 439 pages
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Immanuel Kant is the most significant Enlightenment philosopher. In this outstanding introduction, Paul Guyer uses Kantís central conception of autonomy as the key to all the major aspects and issues of Kantís thought.

Beginning with a helpful overview of Kantís life and times, Guyer introduces Kantís metaphysics and epistemology, carefully explaining his arguments about the nature of space, time and experience in his most influential but difficult work, The Critique of Pure Reason. He offers an explanation and critique of Kantís famous theory of transcendental idealism and shows how much of Kantís philosophy is independent of this controversial doctrine.

He then examines Kantís moral philosophy, his celebrated ĎCategorical imperativeí and his theories of duty, freedom of will and political rights. Finally, he covers Kantís aesthetics, in particular his arguments about the nature of beauty and the sublime, and their relation to human freedom and happiness. He also considers Kantís view that the development of human autonomy is the only goal that we can conceive for both natural and human history.

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Review: Kant (The Routledge Philosophers)

User Review  - carl - Goodreads

i have been trying to tackle kant off and on for years now. this book, though i am only in the introduction, appears to be very complete and thorough. it offers explanation and discussion with copious ... Read full review

Review: Kant (The Routledge Philosophers)

User Review  - James Lavender - Goodreads

This is quite explicitly Guyer's take on Kant, which is in many ways admirable. However, it ends up falling between two stools; too critical and partisan to make for a good general introduction, but too bound by its introductory format to provide a convincing original interpretation. Read full review

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