Kant: Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 2, 2006 - History - 246 pages
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Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View essentially reflects the last lectures Kant gave for his annual course in anthropology, which he taught from 1772 until his retirement in 1796. The lectures were published in 1798, with the largest first printing of any of Kant's works. Intended for a broad audience, they reveal not only Kant's unique contribution to the newly emerging discipline of anthropology, but also his desire to offer students a practical view of the world and of humanity's place in it. With its focus on what the human being 'as a free-acting being makes of himself or can and should make of himself,' the Anthropology also offers readers an application of some central elements of Kant's philosophy. This volume offers an annotated translation of the text by Robert B. Louden, together with an introduction by Manfred Kuehn that explores the context and themes of the lectures.
 

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Contents

B The character of the sexes
204
The character of the peoples
213
The character of the races
223
Anthropological Didactic On the way
15
On hearing
47
On inner sense
53
On the power of imagination
60
On the productive faculty belonging to sensibility
67
On involuntary invention in a healthy state
82
Appendix
88
On the weaknesses and illnesses of the soul
96
The feeling of pleasure and displeasure
125
On the faculty of desire
149
Introduction page
vii
Chronology
xxx
Anthropological Didactic On the way of cognizing
6

On the faculty of visualizing the past and
75

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Robert B. Louden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine.

Manfred Kuehn is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.

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