Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View

ISBN-10: 0809320606

ISBN-13: 9780809320608

Edition: 1996

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Description: In the fall semester of 1772/73 at the Albertus University of Königsberg, 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 theCritique of Judgment,the third of his famousCritiques.The present edition of theAnthropologyis a translation of the text found in volume 7 ofKants gesammelte Schriften,edited by Oswald Külpe. Kant describes theAnthropologyas 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 theAnthropology, Library Journalconcludes: "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’smarginaliain the original manuscript, shed considerable light on the text."

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 11/23/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Introduction
Anthropological Didactic
On Being Conscious of One's Self
On Egoism
On Being Arbitrarily Conscious of One's Ideas
On Self-Observation
On the Ideas We Have without Being Aware of Them
On Distinctness and Indistinctness in Relation to the Consciousness of One's Ideas
On Sensibility in Contrast to Understanding
Apology for Sensibility
On the Potentiality of the Cognitive Faculty
On the Artificial Games Played with Sensory Perceptions
On the Admissible Moral Perception
On the Five Senses
On the Inner Sense
On the Causes of Increasing or Decreasing Sensory Perceptions According to Degree
On the Decreasing, Weakening, and Entire Loss of the Faculty of the Senses
On the Sensory Productive Faculty with All Its Branches
Of the Faculty of Visualizing the Past and the Future by means of the Imagination
On Involuntary Invention in a Sound Mental State, that is, on Dreams
On the Faculty of Designation (facultas signatrix)
On the Faculty of Cognition as Far as It Is Based on Understanding
Anthropological Comparison of the Three Higher Cognitive Faculties with Each Other
On the Soul's Weaknesses and Illnesses with Respect to Its Cognitive Faculty
On the Talents of the Cognitive Faculty
On the Specific Differences between the Comparative and the Argumentative Intelligence
On Sensuous Pleasure
On Emotion in Contrast to Passion
On the Emotions in Particular
On Passions
On the Highest Physical Good
On the Highest Ethicophysical Good
Anthropological Characterization
The Character of the Person
The Character of the Sexes
The Character of Nations
On the Character of Races
On the Character of the Species
Notes
Index
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