Kant's Legacy

Kant's Legacy

Essays in Honor of Lewis White Beck

Edited by Predrag Cicovacki

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According to Immanuel Kant, humans are creators. The papers in this volume examine Kant's legacy by addressing issues concerning creativity in all aspects of human experience.
The late Lewis White Beck, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester for many years, was one of the world's leading Kant scholars. Beck considered the most significant element of Kant's rich, complex, and controversial legacy to be the ultimate philosoophical question: 'What is Man?' Kant's answer - that humans are creators - is ambiguous. On the one hand, it dignifies humans by elevating them above blind mechanical forces of nature. But it also imposes difficult burdens, including the tast of providing a unitary wolrdview and an immanently grounded system of values and norms. The contributors to this volume, under Beck's influence, concur that this theme is of central importance for the proper understanding and evaluation of Kant's legacy. The papers address issues concerning creativy in all aspects of human experience - from knowledge of the external world to self-knowledge, from moral to religious dilemmas, from judgments of taste to the art of living - with a constant awareness of the limitations as well as the possibilities of such creativity.

Predrag Cicovacki is Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross.

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Table of Contents

Is Thinking Spontaneous? - Stanley Rosen
Lewis White Beck's Account of Kant's Strategy - Graham Bird
Paths Traced through Reality: Kant on Commonsense Truths - Predrag Cicovacki
The Anti-Reductionist Kant - Gordon Brittan
Analyticity and the Semantics of Predicates - Carsten Held
Kant, the 'I Think', and Self-Awareness - Robert Howell
The Problem of Time in Kant - Gerold Prauss
Kant and Short Arguments to Humility - Karl Ameriks
Which Freedom? - Ralf Meerbote
Consequentialism and Its Consequences - Robert Holmes
Another Look at Maxims - Rudiger Bubner
Kant versus Eudaimonism - Allen Wood
Kant and the History of the Will - Yirmiyahu Yovel
Moral Mysticism in Kant's Religion of Practical Reason - Joseph Lawrence
Kant as Educator: Reason and Religion in Part One of the Conflict of the Faculties - Susan Meld Shell
The Quid Facti and Quid Juris in Kant's Critique of Taste - Henry Allison
Kant in the 1760s: Contextualizing the "Popular" Turn - John H. Zammito


This impressive array of essays by leading Kant interpreters from the U.S. and abroad provides a most fitting tribute to the late Dean of American Kant scholars, Lewis White Beck. Kant's legacy is examined both under the heading of his Copernican Revolution and what Beck called his"Rousseauistic Revolution." --Rudolf A. Makkreel, Dept. of Philosophy, Emory University

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