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p. 61. Kant and modernitylocked

  • Andrew Bowie

Abstract

‘Kant and modernity’ argues that Kant's philosophy has to be grasped as part of the larger historical picture of which it is an expression. This is because the assumption that things have a timeless, rational essence is brought into question by a new philosophical focus on how human practices affect the ways in which the world is understood. This new focus is both affected by and affects the rapid social, political, economic, and scientific transformations in the period from the second half of the eighteenth century onwards in Europe. The concept of transcendental idealism, the aim of the Critique of Judgement, and Kant's reflections on freedom are examined.

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