Kant's Pragmatic Anthropology: Its Origin, Meaning, and Critical Significance (Suny Series in Philosophy)

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9780791468500: Kant's Pragmatic Anthropology: Its Origin, Meaning, and Critical Significance (Suny Series in Philosophy)

The first comprehensive examination in English of Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View.

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This book offers the first account in English of the origin, meaning, and critical significance of Immanuel Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View. Kant’s book is not empirical psychology, but rather a type of cosmopolitan philosophy meant to teach students to think for themselves and thus be free to actualize their full human destiny. Author Holly L. Wilson innovatively explores how the "philosophical anthropology" exhibited in Kant’s Anthropology challenges contemporary theories of human nature, including behaviorism and evolutionary theory. She also details how Kant based his work on the critically grounded faculty of teleological judgment and how this type of philosophy of experience is consistent with Kant’s overall critical theory. The portrait of Kant that emerges is one of a humane teacher who cared about his students and their acquisition of prudence and wisdom.

"Holly Wilson, a pioneer in the study of Kant’s anthropology, shows the importance and philosophical richness of Kant’s theory of human nature and its integral relation to his critical philosophy." — Philip J. Rossi, SJ, author of The Social Authority of Reason: Kant’s Critique, Radical Evil, and the Destiny of Humankind

"Wilson persuasively argues that the Anthropology should be read in light of Kant’s principle of teleological judgment. She undertakes the important task of demonstrating how Kant’s view of the predispositions, as articulated in the Anthropology, is an important part of the overall systematic-critical philosophy." — Sharon Anderson-Gold, author of Unnecessary Evil: History and Moral Progress in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

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Holly L. Wilson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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