A Kant Dictionary by Howard Caygill

By Howard Caygill

During this new lexical survey of Kant's works, Howard Caygill offers Kantian recommendations and terminology in phrases that may introduce and make clear his rules for college kids and basic readers alike.

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Kant illustrates philosophical abstraction with the example of colour: 'With a scarlet cloth, for example, if I think only of the red colour, then I abstract from the cloth' (L p. 592); he does not abstract a quality 'red' from the cloth, but considers it in abstraction from the cloth. html [26-06-2009 16:05:47] page_40 < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 Although the issue of abstraction was at first peripheral to critical philosophy, it became a major issue in its defence against empiricist objections.

Html [26-06-2009 16:05:49] page_41 < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 apart from, experience (CPR A 78). Similarly, while formal logic abstracts from all content of knowledge, it is not itself abstracted from it (A 131/ B 170). Kant illustrates this use of abstraction with the example of the concept of body. Qualities such as size, colour, hardness and liquidity are not abstracted from bodies, although the concept of body may be considered in abstraction from them (L p. 593). With respect to concept formation, abstraction is only the 'negative condition', performing the regulative function of establishing the limits of a concept prior to the work of the constitutive 'positive conditions' of comparison and reflection (L p.

On Hartknoch's death in 1789 Kant ceased to publish with the firm, even though he had given Hartknoch's son a vague undertaking to publish the third critique (CJ) with him. Kant seems to have considered his relationship with Hartknoch's firm to have ended with the death of the father, and to have doubted the capacity of the son to carry out the speedy and efficient distribution of the third critique. G. Kiesewetter, to the Berlin book dealer and publisher de la Garde late in 1789. With the despatch of the first part of the manuscript on 21 January 1790 Kant stated that the 'first and most important condition' was that the work be published in time for the Leipzig Easter book fair.

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