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Kant's Pragmatic Anthropology
Its Origin, Meaning, and Critical Significance
Kant's Pragmatic Anthropology
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Holly L. Wilson - Author
SUNY Series in Philosophy
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 180 pages
Release Date: August 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6849-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6849-4

Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 180 pages
Release Date: June 2007
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6850-0


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The first comprehensive examination in English of Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View.

This book offers the first account in English of the origin, meaning, and critical significance of Immanuel Kant’s Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View. Kant’s book is not empirical psychology, but rather a type of cosmopolitan philosophy meant to teach students to think for themselves and thus be free to actualize their full human destiny. Author Holly L. Wilson innovatively explores how the “philosophical anthropology” exhibited in Kant’s Anthropology challenges contemporary theories of human nature, including behaviorism and evolutionary theory. She also details how Kant based his work on the critically grounded faculty of teleological judgment and how this type of philosophy of experience is consistent with Kant’s overall critical theory. The portrait of Kant that emerges is one of a humane teacher who cared about his students and their acquisition of prudence and wisdom.

“Wilson’s book contains a wealth of information concerning the many details of Anthropology, and concerning connected passages from Religion and Education … Wilson generates an interesting and fact-filled narrative.” — Philosophy in Review

“Holly Wilson, a pioneer in the study of Kant’s anthropology, shows the importance and philosophical richness of Kant’s theory of human nature and its integral relation to his critical philosophy.” — Philip J. Rossi, SJ, author of The Social Authority of Reason: Kant’s Critique, Radical Evil, and the Destiny of Humankind

“Wilson persuasively argues that the Anthropology should be read in light of Kant’s principle of teleological judgment. She undertakes the important task of demonstrating how Kant’s view of the predispositions, as articulated in the Anthropology, is an important part of the overall systematic-critical philosophy.” — Sharon Anderson-Gold, author of Unnecessary Evil: History and Moral Progress in the Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

Holly L. Wilson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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Table of Contents

Key to References, Sources, Abbreviations, and Translations
Table of the Moral and Natural Destinies of Human Beings

1. The Rise and Origin of Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology

The Physical Geography Lectures and the Rise of the Anthropology Lectures
The Debate Concerning the Origin of Kant’s Anthropology Lectures
Did Kant Intend His Anthropology Lectures be Empirical Psychology?

2. The Character and Content of the Anthropology

The Meaning of Pragmatic Anthropology
Teleological Clues in the Characteristic of Kant’s Anthropology

3. Kant’s Theory of Human Nature

4. Kant’s Theory of Human Nature as Natural Predispositions

The Predisposition to Animality
Evolutionary Theory and Animality
The Technical Predisposition
The Pragmatic Predisposition to Humanity
The Moral Predisposition
Education and the Predispositions
Kant’s Theory of Education and Behaviorism

5. The Critical Foundations of the Anthropology

Teleology as a Research Program
The Critical Faculty of Teleological Judgment
Pleasure and Displeasure
Nature Does Nothing in Vain

6. Kant’s Pragmatic Anthropology as Popular Philosophy

Is Popular Philosophy a Noble Endeavor?


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