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Kant's Theory of Normativity
Exploring the Space of Reason

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  • Date Published: February 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107127807

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  • Konstantin Pollok offers the first book-length analysis of Kant's theory of normativity that covers foundational issues in theoretical and practical philosophy as well as aesthetics. Interpreting Kant's 'critical turn' as a normative turn, he argues that Kant's theory of normativity is both original and radical: it departs from the perfectionist ideal of early modern rationalism, and arrives at an unprecedented framework of synthetic a priori principles that determine the validity of our judgments. Pollok examines the hylomorphism in Kant's theory of normativity and relates Kant's idea of our reason's self-legislation to the 'natural right' tradition, revealing Kant's debt to his predecessors as well as his relevance to contemporary debates on normativity. This book will appeal to academic researchers and advanced students of Kant, early modern philosophy and intellectual history.

    • Proposes an original account of Kant's critical philosophy
    • Interprets Kant's critical philosophy in a way that makes sense of his notorious 'synthetic judgments a priori'
    • Offers a unified view of the self-legislation of pure reason in Kant's three Critiques
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    • Winner, 2018 NAKS Book Prize, North American Kant Society

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Pollok’s book deserves close engagement; it is … uncommonly demanding, but it is also uncommonly rich.' Yoon H. Choi, Notre Dame Philosophical Review

    '… readers will appreciate Pollok’s well-researched account of the unity of the critical philosophy and his explanation of how, on Kant’s view, we can be bound by norms. It is an important piece of Kant scholarship.' Matthew C. Altman, Journal of the History of Philosophy

    'Kant’s Theory of Normativity is a fascinating, outstandingly structured and extensive research into the core of Kant’s critical philosophy. Its all-encompassing perspective not only casts light on different problematic aspects of Kant’s thought but, most importantly, lets the reader realize how these different aspects are all traceable back to reason’s attempt to self-legislate its own demands.' Luigi Filieri, Studi Kantiani

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107127807
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgments
    Part I. From the Clarity of Ideas to the Validity of Judgments:
    1. Kant's farewell to perfectionism
    2. The concept of judgment and the divisions of philosophy
    3. Kant's taxonomy of judgments
    Part II. Kant's Transcendental Hylomorphism:
    4. Hylomorphism and normativity
    5. Determinable sensibility and intellectual determination
    Part III. The Legislation of Pure Reason:
    6. 'Reason prescribes laws to us'
    7. The normativity of judgments of experience
    8. The normativity of practical judgments
    9. The normativity of judgments of taste
    Epilogue: Kant's moderate forms of transcendental and political idealism

  • Author

    Konstantin Pollok, University of South Carolina
    Konstantin Pollok is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Kants Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Naturwissenschaft: Ein Kritischer Kommentar (2001) and Begründen und Rechtfertigen: Eine Untersuchung zum Verhältnis zwischen rationalen Erfordernissen und prävalenten Handlungsgründen (2009).


    • Winner, 2018 NAKS Book Prize, North American Kant Society

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