The Bloomsbury Companion to Kant

Immanuel Kant is widely considered to be the most important and influential thinker of modern Europe and the late Enlightenment. His philosophy is extraordinarily wide-ranging and his influence has been pervasive throughout eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century thought, in particular in the work of the German Idealists, and also in both Analytic and Continental philosophy today.

Now available as a new and expanded edition, this accessible companion to Kant features more than 100 specially commissioned entries, written by a team of experts in the field, covering every aspect of his philosophy.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Kant presents a comprehensive overview of the historical and philosophical context in which Kant wrote and the various features, themes and topics apparent in his thought. It also includes extensive synopses of all his major published works and a survey of the key lines of reception and influence including a new addition on Schopenhauer’s reception of Kant. It concludes with a thorough bibliography of English language secondary literature, now expanded for this edition to include all cutting-edge publications in the area.

This is an essential and practical research tool for those working in the field of eighteenth-century German philosophy and Kant.

Table of Contents

Preface by Gary Banham, Dennis Schulting and Nigel Hems
Preface to the Second Edition by Dennis Schulting
Introduction by Gary Banham

1. Key Works
The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of the Existence of God
The ‘Inaugural Dissertation’
Critique of Pure Reason
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics that Will Be Able to Come
Forward as Science
Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
Critique of Practical Reason
Critique of Judgment
Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason
Toward Perpetual Peace
Metaphysics of Morals

2. Philosophical and Historical Context
Academy prize essay
J. A. Eberhard
Frederick the Great
French Revolution
Garve-Feder review
J. G. Herder
Francis Hutcheson
J. H. Lambert
Moses Mendelssohn
Physical influx
School Philosophy
Adam Smith
Baruch de Spinoza/Spinozism

3. Sources and Influences
Francis Bacon
A. G. Baumgarten
C. A. Crusius
René Descartes
Epicurus and Epicureanism
Leonhard Euler
Marcus Herz
David Hume
G. W. Leibniz
John Locke
G. F. Meier
Isaac Newton
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Emanuel Swedenborg
J. N. Tetens
Christian Wolff

4. Key Themes and Topics
Aesthetic Judgment / Amphiboly / Analogy / Analogies of Experience / Analysis / Anthropology / Anticipations of Perception / Antinomies / Appearance / Apperception (Self-Consciousness) / A Priori, A Posteriori / Art (Genius) / Axioms of Intuition / Categorical Imperative (Moral Law) / Cosmopolitan(ism) / Critique / Deduction (Categories) / Dialectic / Duty, Duties / Enlightenment / Enthusiasm / Experience (Sensibility) / Form, Formal / Freedom / Geometry / Idea, Ideas / Identity / Imagination / Inner and Outer Sense / Interest / Intuition / Judgment (Understanding) / Kingdom of Ends / Knowledge / Laws (of Nature), Lawfulness / Logic (Concept, Thought, Syllogism) / Mathematics / Metaphysics / Method / Morality / Natural Science / Necessity / Object, Objectivity / Paralogisms / Postulates of Empirical Thinking / Principle of (Non-)Contradiction / Principle of Sufficient Reason / Proof / Proofs of the Existence of God / Psychology / Pure / Radical Evil / Reality (Objective Reality) / Reason / Refutation of Idealism / Regulative Principles / Religion (Highest Good) / Representation / Right / Schematism / Spontaneity / Sublime / Synthesis (Synthetic A Priori) / System / Teleology (Purposiveness, End) / Thing in Itself / Transcendental / Transcendental Aesthetic / Transcendental Ideal / Transcendental Idealism / Truth / Virtue, Virtues / Will (Choice)

5. Reception and Influence
Until 1781: Responses to Kant’s ‘Inaugural Dissertation’ (1770)
First Reactions to the Critique of Pure Reason: the 1780s and Later
Kantianism in the 1790s: From Reinhold to Hegel
Hegel’s Appropriation of Kant’s Theoretical Philosophy in the Jena Period
Schopenhauer’s Reception of Kant
‘Back to Kant’: Neo-Kantianism
Heidegger’s Ontological Reading of Kant
Analytical Kantianism
Analytic Approaches to Kant’s Ethics
Kantian Normativity in Rawls, Korsgaard and Continental Practical Philosophy

6. Kant Bibliography

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