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Kant's Transition Project and Late Philosophy: Connecting the Opus postumum and Metaphysics of Morals (Hardback)
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Kant's Transition Project and Late Philosophy: Connecting the Opus postumum and Metaphysics of Morals (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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Kant's Transition Project and Late Philosophy is the first study to provide a close reading of the connection between texts written by Kant during 1796 and 1798. Connecting Kant's unfinished book project, the Opus postumum, with the Metaphysics of Morals, it identifies and clarifies issues at the forefront of Kant's focus towards the end of his life. Labelled by Kant as the "Transition Project", the Opus postumum generates debate among commentators as to why Kant describes the project as filling a "gap" within his system of critical philosophy. This study argues for a pervasive transition project that can be traced through Kant's entire critical philosophy and is the key to addressing current debates in the scholarship. By showing that there is not only a Transition Project in Kant's theoretical philosophy but also a Transition Project in his practical philosophy, it reveals why an accurate assessment of Kant's critical philosophy requires a new understanding of the Opus postumum and Kant's parallel late writings on practical philosophy. Rather than seeing Kant's late thoughts on a Transition as afterthoughts, they must be seen at the centre of his critical philosophy.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350050303
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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Thorndike's work demonstrates compellingly the continuity and coherence of Kant's ambitions for the transcendental philosophy across the entire critical period all the way through the Opus postumum and the Metaphysics of Morals of his later years. From the outset, Kant set himself the object of developing a metaphysical foundation for the law-governed systematicity of actual experience in nature and in moral choice. The "Transition Project" was no new impulse in Kant but the last great effort of the philosopher, in natural philosophy and also in ethical theory, to bring his system to closure. -- John H. Zammito, John Antony Weir Professor of History, Rice University, USA
All good philosophy begins in wonder -and so does Thorndike's insightful new book. Its thesis is simple: the dualisms at the heart of Kant's critical philosophy make the problem of finding a lawful connection between the formal (rational, a priori) structures and their material (empirical, a posteriori) manifestation utterly pervasive. Setting up a system of mirrors that reflects how the "Transition Project" shapes the development of Kant's late theoretical and practical philosophy alike, Thorndike invites us to wonder how we could have ignored what was confronting us all along. It is a major accomplishment in a field saturated by titles to make an old problem newborn. -- Pablo Muchnik, Associate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College, USA

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