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Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View [Paperback]

By Immanuel Kant (Author)
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In the fall semester of 1772/73 at the Albertus University of Knigsberg, Immanuel Kant, metaphysician and professor of logic and metaphysics, began lectures on anthropology, which he continued until 1776, shortly before his retirement from public life. His lecture notes and papers were first published in 1798, eight years after the publication of the Critique of Judgment, the third of his famous Critiques. The present edition of the Anthropology is a translation of the text found in volume 7 of Kants gesammelte Schriften, edited by Oswald Klpe.

Kant describes the Anthropology as a systematic doctrine of the knowledge of humankind. (He does not yet distinguish between the academic discipline of anthropology as we understand it today and the philosophical.) Kant's lectures stressed the "pragmatic" approach to the subject because he intended to establish pragmatic anthropology as a regular academic discipline. He differentiates the physiological knowledge of the human race---the investigation of "what Nature makes of man"---from the pragmatic---"what man as a free being makes of himself, what he can make of himself, and what he ought to make of himself." Kant believed that anthropology teaches the knowledge of humankind and makes us familiar with what is pragmatic, not speculative, in relation to humanity. He shows us as world citizens within the context of the cosmos.

Summarizing the cloth edition of the Anthropology, Library Journal concludes: "Kant's allusions to such issues as sensation, imagination, judgment, (aesthetic) taste, emotion, passion, moral character, and the character of the human species in regard to the ideal of a cosmopolitan society make this work an important resource for English readers who seek to grasp the connections among Kant's metaphysics of nature, metaphysics of morals, and political theory. The notes of the editor and translator, which incorporate material from Ernst Cassirer's edition and from Kant's marginalia in the original manuscript, shed considerable light on the text."

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Studio: Nijhoff
Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 1974
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  9024715857  
ISBN13  9789024715855  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His comprehensive and profound thinking on aesthetics, ethics and knowledge has had an immense impact on all subsequent philosophy. Marcus Weigelt's lucid reworking of Max Muller's classic translation makes the critique accessible to a new generation of readers, while his informative introduction places the work in context and elucidates Kant's main arguments."

Immanuel Kant was born in 1724 and died in 1804 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, San Diego, University of Pennsylvania.

Immanuel Kant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant
  2. Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant in Translation
  3. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  4. Dover Books on Western Philosophy
  5. Dover Philosophical Classics
  6. Great Books in Philosophy
  7. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  8. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  9. Penguin Classics
  10. Torchbooks

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Kant's Psychology  Mar 25, 2000
Kant's Anthropology is what we call today - psychology. The book is a series of lectures that Kant himself edited into a book. Usualy we know Kant as hard to read, yet this book is unique in that. It flows, from subject to subject, examining man's mind and various characteristics of the human spirit. It is embodied with examples from life and literature, and gives a very good idea of Kants views regarding everyday life and behavior of normal people, and also of insane ones. It is a very warm book, filled with intelligent remarks about the human race, and it gives a very good notion of psychology (both cognitive and abnormal) in Kants days. I recommend it Highly.

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