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Kant on Laws

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  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • This book focuses on the unity, diversity, and centrality of the notion of law as it is employed in Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy. Eric Watkins argues that, by thinking through a number of issues in various historical, scientific, and philosophical contexts over several decades, Kant is able to develop a univocal concept of law that can nonetheless be applied to a wide range of particular cases, despite the diverse demands that these contexts give rise to. In addition, Watkins shows how Kant comes to view both the generic conception of law which he develops and its different particular instances as crucial components of his systematic philosophy as a whole. This volume's new and unified account of a major current running through Kant's work will be important for scholars interested in numerous aspects of his philosophy, from the theoretical and abstract to the practical and empirical.

    • Gives a unified account of the notion of law in Kant's philosophy
    • Considers a broad range of laws: theoretical, practical, abstract, and empirical
    • Reveals the parallels between the legislation of nature and freedom
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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316730478
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Kant's Conception of Law:
    1. What is, for Kant, a law of nature?
    2. Kant on transcendental laws
    Part II. The Laws of Mechanics:
    3. The system of principles
    4. The argumentative structure of Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
    5. The laws of motion from Newton to Kant
    6. Kant's justification of the laws of mechanics
    Part III. Teleological Laws:
    7. The antinomy of teleological judgment
    8. Nature in general as a system of ends
    Part IV. Laws as Regulative Principles:
    9. Kant on rational cosmology
    10. Kant on Infima Species
    Part V. The Moral Law:
    11. Autonomy and the legislation of laws in the Prolegomena
    12. Kant on the natural, moral, human, and divine orders.

  • Author

    Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego
    Eric Watkins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is author of the prizewinning Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality (Cambridge, 2005) and editor of Kant on Persons and Agency (Cambridge, 2017).

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