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Kant and the Subject of Critique On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea

by Dr. Avery Goldman

Part of the Studies in Continental Thought Series

Kant and the Subject of Critique On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea Synopsis

Immanuel Kant is strict about the limits of self-knowledge: our inner sense gives us only appearances, never the reality, of ourselves. Kant may seem to begin his inquiries with an uncritical conception of cognitive limits, but in Kant and the Subject of Critique, Avery Goldman argues that, even for Kant, a reflective act must take place before any judgment occurs. Building on Kant's metaphysics, which uses the soul, the world, and God as regulative principles, Goldman demonstrates how Kant can open doors to reflection, analysis, language, sensibility, and understanding. By establishing a regulative self, Goldman offers a way to bring unity to the subject through Kant's seemingly circular reasoning, allowing for critique and, ultimately, knowledge.

Kant and the Subject of Critique On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea Press Reviews

... original, interesting, important.... -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Kant is strict about the limits of self-knowledge: our inner sense give us only appearances-never the reality-of ourselves. Avery Goldman shows lucidly and brilliantly how the regulative use of a psychological idea-the idea of a critical, thinking self-can resolve this paradox. -David Farrell Krell, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Goldman has written an important book that addresses the metacritical objection to Kant-that in his inquiry into the conditions of knowledge, he makes cognitive and metaphysical claims that exceed the limits of cognition that the first Critique establishes. -The Review of Metaphysics Original and expertly executed.... the regulative idea of the soul both makes possible the undertaking of critique and follows from it. -Bernard Freydberg, Duquesne University Goldman deserves credit for providing a sustained and resourceful argument that shows the importance of the notion of the subject for comprehending Kant's transcendental method. For this reason, the present volume should interest both Kant scholars and those interested in the German idealist tradition. -Journal of the History of Philosophy

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253223661
Publication date: 20th December 2011
Author: Dr. Avery Goldman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 264 pages
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About Dr. Avery Goldman

Avery Goldman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University.

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