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Kant's Elliptical Path covers several of the main stages and key concepts in the development of Kant's Critical philosophy, from the early 1760s through the 1790s. Karl Ameriks provides a detailed and concise account of the main ways in which the later Critical works provide a plausible defence of the conception of humanity's fundamental end that Kant turned to after reading Rousseau in the 1760s. Separate essays are devoted to each of the threeCritiques, as well as to earlier notes and lectures and several of Kant's later writings on history and religion. A final section devotes three chapters to post-Kantian developments in German Romanticism, accounts of tragedy up through Nietzsche, and contemporary philosophy. The theme of an elliptical path is shown to be relevant to these writers as well as to many aspects of Kant's own life and work.
Karl Ameriks completed his PhD in Philosophy at Yale University. He has held positions in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame since 1973, and is now McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy. He has acted as President of the North American Kant Society, and President of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division. Ameriks is the co-editor of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy, and author of Kant's Theory of Mind (Clarendon, 2000), Interpreting Kant's Critiques (Clarendon, 2003), and Kant and the Historical Turn (Clarendon, 2006).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Note on sources and key to abbreviations and translations Introduction: Our Elliptical Path Part I. Before the Critiques: Kant's Self-Recovery 1. Kant, Human Nature, and History after Rousseau 2. Reason, Reality, and Religion in the Early Development of Kant's Ethics Part II. Kant's Critiques First Section. The First Critique (1781, 1787) and Reality 3. Kant's Idealism on a Moderate Interpretation 4. On Reconciling the Transcendental Turn and Kant's Idealism 5. Idealism and Kantian Persons: Spinoza, Jacobi, and Schleiermacher Second Section. The Second Critique (1788) and Morality 6. Kant's Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism 7. Is Practical Justification in Kant Ultimately Dogmatic? 8. Ambiguities in the Will: Kant and Reinhold, Briefe 2 Third Section. The Third Critique (1790) and Purpose 9. The Purposive Development of Human Capacities 10. Kant's Fateful Reviews of Herder's Ideas 11. The End of the Critiques: Kant's Moral "Creationism" 12. Kant and the End of Theodicy Part III. After the Critiques 13. On the Extension of Kant's Elliptical Path in Holderlin and Novalis 14. Kant, Nietzsche, and the Tragic Turn in Late Modern Philosophy 15. Interpretation After Kant Bibliography Index