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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Powers of Pure Reason
Author(s):
Alfredo Ferrarin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243290.003.0001

The Introduction discusses the source of the difficulties in reading Kant. It highlights the tacit presuppositions of the standard reading of Kant: sectorialization, isolation, and a piecemeal approach. It also questions the assumption of a seamless continuity between Kant and modernity. It recommends that readers of Kant not lose sight of reason’s teleology, understand reason as legislation, and consider a priori synthesis in view of ends.

Keywords:   unity of reason, how to read Kant comprehensively, dichotomies, reason’s finitude, reason’s awakening in history

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