Kant and the Early Moderns

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Daniel Garber, Béatrice Longuenesse
Princeton University Press, Aug 10, 2008 - Philosophy - 257 pages

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 Béatrice 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.

 

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Contents

Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse
1
Descartes I Am a Thing That Thinks versus Kants
32
Contra
41
What Leibniz Really Said?
64
The Sensible Object and the Uncertain
100
Kants Critique of Berkeleys Concept of Objectivity
117
Berkeley and Kant
142
Kants Humean Solution to Humes Problem
172
Should Hume Have Been a Transcendental Idealist?
193
Notes
209
Bibliography
241
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Daniel Garber is professor of philosophy at Princeton University and the author of Descartes Embodied and Descartes' Metaphysical Physics. Béatrice 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).

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