Historical Dictionary of Kant and Kantianism

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Scarecrow Press, 2005 - History - 374 pages
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Kant's influence on ethics and theories of knowledge is of fundamental interest in the 21st century. In synthesizing insights from the rationalist and empiricist philosophies, he produced in his Critique of Pure Reason a secure foundation for all human knowledge-creating activities. In proposing that the human mind is active in the creation of knowledge, Kant argued for synthetic a priori knowledge that would make knowledge of the external world possible. Through the use of a transcendental argument, he reasoned that synthetic a priori knowledge such as intuitions of space and time, causality, and quantity had to be presupposed for one to make sense of the world. The importance of Kant for both the cognitive sciences and ethics cannot be overemphasized, but understanding the nuances of Kant's arguments remains a difficult task. Holzhey (emer., Univ. of Zurich) and Mudroch (Univ. of Zurich) have provided a comprehensive dictionary of Kantian, neo-Kantian, and oppositional concepts, and a bibliography that will aid this undertaking. Also included are a chronology, introduction, appendixes listing Kant's published writings and 19th-century English translations of Kant, and a glossary. This work should prove valuable to scholars, students, laypeople, and professional philosophers who wish to learn more about Kant's philosophy and the influential paths it has taken. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. Reviewed by J. P. Hester.

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Helmut Holzhey is professor emeritus at the University of Zurich. His books on Kantianism include Kants Theorie der Erfahrung (Kant's Theory of Experience) and Cohen and Natorp. In 2004, in recognition of his work on the Marburg School of Neokantianism, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Marburg.

Vilem Mudroch is a research associate at the University of Zurich. His publications on Kant include Kants Theorie der physikalischen Gesetze (Kant's Theory of the Laws of Physics) as well as several articles and book reviews.

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