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Kant’s Organicism: Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy

Jennifer Mensch


Because it laid the foundation for nearly all subsequent epistemologies, Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason has overshadowed his other interests in natural history and the life sciences, which scholars have long considered as separate from his rigorous theoretical philosophy until now. This book draws a link between these spheres by showing how the concept of epigenesis—a radical theory of biological formation—lies at the heart of Kant’s conception of reason. As the book argues, epigenesis was not simply a metaphor for Kant but centrally guided his critical philosophy, especially the rela ... More

Keywords: Immanuel Kant, natural history, life sciences, epigenesis, biological formation, critical philosophy, cognition, goethe, darwin, genealogy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226021980
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226022031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Mensch, author