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Rousseau's Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls

Rousseau's Ethics of Truth: A Sublime Science of Simple Souls

1st Edition

Jason Neidleman
March 05, 2019

In 1758, Rousseau announced that he had adopted "vitam impendere vero" (dedicate life to truth) as a personal pledge. Despite the dramatic nature of this declaration, no scholar has yet approached Rousseau’s work through the lens of truth or truthseeking. What did it mean for Rousseau to lead a...

A Guide to Kant’s Psychologism: via Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Wittgenstein

A Guide to Kant’s Psychologism: via Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Wittgenstein

1st Edition

Wayne Waxman
January 15, 2019

This book presents an interpretation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as a priori psychologism. It groups Kant’s philosophy together with those of the British empiricists—Locke, Berkeley, and Hume—in a single line of psychologistic succession and offers a clear explanation of how Kant’s...

Hume on Art, Emotion, and Superstition: A Critical Study of the Four Dissertations

Hume on Art, Emotion, and Superstition: A Critical Study of the Four Dissertations

1st Edition

Amyas Merivale
November 26, 2018

This book offers the first comprehensive critical study of David Hume’s Four Dissertations of 1757, containing the Natural History of Religion, the Dissertation on the Passions, and the two essays Of Tragedy and Of the Standard of Taste. The author defends two important claims. The first is that...

Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism

Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism

1st Edition

Stephen R. Palmquist
November 22, 2018

Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism consists of 20 chapters, many of which feature engagements between Kant and various Asian philosophers. Key themes include the nature of human intuition (not only as theoretical—pure, sensible, and possibly...

Kant and the Problem of Self-Knowledge

Kant and the Problem of Self-Knowledge

1st Edition

Luca Forgione
October 22, 2018

This book addresses the problem of self-knowledge in Kant’s philosophy. As Kant writes in his major works of the critical period, it is due to the simple and empty representation ‘I think’ that the subject’s capacity for self-consciousness enables the subject to represent its own mental dimension....

Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology

Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology

1st Edition

Philip A. Reed, Rico Vitz
June 20, 2018

Recent work at the intersection of moral philosophy and the philosophy of psychology has dealt mostly with Aristotelian virtue ethics. The dearth of scholarship that engages with Hume’s moral philosophy, however, is both noticeable and peculiar. Hume's Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Psychology...

The Post-Critical Kant: Understanding the Critical Philosophy through the Opus Postumum

The Post-Critical Kant: Understanding the Critical Philosophy through the Opus Postumum

1st Edition

Bryan Hall
January 24, 2018

In this book, Bryan Wesley Hall breaks new ground in Kant scholarship, exploring the gap in Kant’s Critical philosophy in relation to his post-Critical work by turning to Kant’s final, unpublished work, the so-called Opus Postumum. Although Kant considered this project to be the "keystone" of his...

Kant and the Reorientation of Aesthetics

Kant and the Reorientation of Aesthetics

1st Edition

Joseph J. Tinguely
October 12, 2017

This book argues that the philosophical significance of Kant’s aesthetics lies not in its explicit account of beauty but in its implicit account of intentionality. Kant’s account is distinct in that feeling, affect, or mood must be operative within the way the mind receives the world. Moreover,...

Hume’s Science of Human Nature: Scientific Realism, Reason, and Substantial Explanation

Hume’s Science of Human Nature: Scientific Realism, Reason, and Substantial Explanation

1st Edition

David Landy
September 28, 2017

Hume’s Science of Human Nature is an investigation of the philosophical commitments underlying Hume's methodology in pursuing what he calls ‘the science of human nature’. It argues that Hume understands scientific explanation as aiming at explaining the inductively-established universal...

Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment

Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment

1st Edition

Elizabeth Robinson, Chris W. Surprenant
July 11, 2017

Most academic philosophers and intellectual historians are familiar with the major historical figures and intellectual movements coming out of Scotland in the 18th Century. These scholars are also familiar with the works of Immanuel Kant and his influence on Western thought. But with the exception...

Kant’s Inferentialism: The Case Against Hume

Kant’s Inferentialism: The Case Against Hume

1st Edition

David Landy
April 27, 2017

Kant’s Inferentialism draws on a wide range of sources to present a reading of Kant’s theory of mental representation as a direct response to the challenges issued by Hume in A Treatise of Human Nature. Kant rejects the conclusions that Hume draws on the grounds that these are predicated on Hume’s...

Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue

Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue

1st Edition

Chris W. Surprenant
July 27, 2016

In this book, Chris W. Surprenant puts forward an original position concerning Kant’s practical philosophy and the intersection between his moral and political philosophy. Although Kant provides a detailed account of the nature of morality, the nature of human virtue, and how right manifests itself...

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