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Kant's Theory of Mind : An Analysis of the Paralogisms of Pure Reason - Karl Ameriks

Kant's Theory of Mind

An Analysis of the Paralogisms of Pure Reason

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780198238966
Number Of Pages: 392

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In this seminal contribution to Kant studies, originally published in 1982, Karl Ameriks presented the first thorough survey and evaluation of Kant's theory of mind. Ameriks focuses first on Kant's discussion of the Paralogisms in the Critique of Pure Reason, and examines how the themes raised there are treated in the rest of Kant's writings. It is demonstrated that Kant developed a theory of mind that is much more rationalistic and defensible than most interpreters have allowed, a theory that is of great significance for the understanding of his philosophy as a whole. Kant's Theory of Mind is now brought up to date with a substantial preface and postscript, as well as many additional references to the literature. This expanded edition will enhance the book's continued value for today's Kantians and philosophers of mind.

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`No brief summary can do justice to Ameriks's close reasoning, complex argumentation, crucial use of Kant's precritical writings, and careful consideration of recent treatments. Yet far from making the Critique inaccessible, Ameriks confirms what lay readers sense - that they are facing a tensed, problem-laden monument to prolonged reflection.' Eva Brann, St John's College, Annapolis `Ameriks zeros in on only one of the chapters of the Transcendental and Dialetic, entitled 'The paralogisms of Pure Reason', ... His is the first book in English to be devoted soley to this chapter and to the difficult problems it raises.' William Lad Sessions, Cross Currents, Summer 1983. `This first booklength treatment of the Paralogisms chapter in English is a useful contribution to Kant scholarship ... I found the account of why freedome of the will (independence) is not discussed under the rubric of 'Rational psychology' particularly helpful.' Patricia Kitcher, The Philosopical Review, XCII, No.2, April 1983. `excellent ... introduction ... in its detailed and balanced examination of Kant lies the value of this work.' Robert Moloney, Heythrop Journal. `impressive in ... scholarship and argument.' Graham Bird, THES. `Amerik's ... scholarship is quite impressive - he seems to have read everything in English and German that bears on his themes; and through a sensible balance of direct discussion in the text and relegation to footnotes and bibliography, he makes all of this material accessible to his readers.' Gordon Nagel, Canadian Jnl of Philosphy, Vol.15, No.4, Dec. 1985. `I often use this book as a first tool of research to find out who has written what and where it can be found. For any work involving Kant's views on human nature and the critical response those views have generated. Kant's Theory of Mind is an excellent sourcebook ... Despite the wealth of material it contains, the book is orderly and easy to find things in.' Gordon Nagel, Canadian Jnl of Philosphy, Vol.15, No.4, Dec. 1985. `The strength of Ameriks's work lies in its scholarship and its item-by-item treatments.' Gordon Nagel, Canadian Jnl of Philosphy, Vol.15, No.4, Dec. 1985. `were I to work on Kant's arguments for immortality, I would start with Ameriks. He may not provide the last word on all of his topics, but he provides a very solid first and middle.' Gordon Nagel, Canadian Jnl of Philosphy, Vol.15, No.4. Dec. 1985. `By drawing as widely as he does on Kant's writings, and by combining all he finds, Ameriks probably provides as good an account as can be given of what Kant believes about the mind - and this is a considerable accomplishment.' Gordon Nagel, Canadian Jnl of Philosphy, Vol.15, No.4, Dec. 1985 `Not only the best commentary we have in English on Kant's philosophy of mind, but one of the most stimulating perspectives on Kant's whole philosophy to appear for some time.' Flint Schier, TLS, Oct. 1982. `stimulating study ... Much current scholarship dealing with the philosophy of mind in general as well as with Kant is drawn on to aid the explication and evaluation of Kant's position, and the result will interest students in both areas.' Choice, Dec. 82.

(* new to this edition) *Preface; I. Introduction; II. Immateriality; III. Interaction; IV. Identity; V. Immortality; VI. Independence; VII. Ideality; *Postscript; *Bibliography; *Index.

ISBN: 9780198238966
ISBN-10: 0198238967
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2

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