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Introduction

  • R. M. Dancy
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 227)

Abstract

None of the contributors to this volume considers Kant’s thought a monolithic structure. It is quite well known, of course, that Kant’s thought developed a great deal before the publication ofthe Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, and perhaps it is pretty well known that his thought developed further between then and the publication ofthe second edition of that Critique in 1787. It is less well known that Kant did not cease to be selfcritical, to rethink his views to the very bottom, then, or ever. That is quite well known to anyone who has read Werkmeister’s masterly exposition, Kant: The Architectonic and Development of His Philosophy (La Salle/London: Open Court, 1980), but it is not exactly street knowledge. The authors of the papers presented here are all acutely aware of it, and are even prepared to help Kant out in the enterprise of self-criticism: they consider questions, not just of what Kant said, but of what he might have said, what he was in a position to say, even what he should have said.

Keywords

Pure Reason Categorical Imperative Transcendental Idealism Metaphysical Foundation Transcendental Argument 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Dancy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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