Kant, Science, and Human Nature
By (author) Robert Hanna
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Kant, Science, and Human Nature by Robert Hanna
Book DescriptionRobert Hanna argues for the importance of Kant's theories of the epistemological, metaphysical, and practical foundations of the 'exact sciences'-- relegated to the dustbin of the history of philosophy for most of the 20th century. Hanna's earlier book Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (OUP 2001), explores basic conceptual and historical connections between Immanuel Kant's 18th-century Critical Philosophy and the tradition of mainstream analytic philosophy from Frege to Quine. The central topics of the analytic tradition in its early and middle periods were meaning and necessity. But the central theme of mainstream analytic philosophy after 1950 is scientific naturalism, which holds--to use Wilfrid Sellars's apt phrase--that 'science is the measure of all things'. This type of naturalism is explicitly reductive. Kant, Science, and Human Nature has two aims, one negative and one positive. Its negative aim is to develop a Kantian critique of scientific naturalism. But its positive and more fundamental aim is to work out the elements of a humane, realistic, and nonreductive Kantian account of the foundations of the exact sciences. According to this account, the essential properties of the natural world are directly knowable through human sense perception (empirical realism), and practical reason is both explanatorily and ontologically prior to theoretical reason (the primacy of the practical).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199285549
(241mm x 165mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Hanna
Cognition, Content, and the A Priori, Hardback (October 2015)
Robert Hanna works out a unified contemporary Kantian theory of rational human cognition and knowledge, which develops new lines of thought in philosophy of perception. Along the way, he provides original accounts of intentionality, sense perception and perceptual knowledge, the analytic-synthetic distinction, the nature of logic, and the a priori.
Rationality and Logic, Paperback (February 2009)
An argument that logic is intrinsically psychological and human psychology is intrinsically logical, and that the connection between human rationality and logic is both constitutive and mutual.
Embodied Minds in Action, Hardback (January 2009)
Embodied Minds in Action works out a unified treatment of three fundamental philosophical problems: the mind-body problem, the problem of mental causation, and the problem of action. Hanna and Maiese offer a new paradigm for contemporary mainstream research in the philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience.
Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Robert Hanna
Robert Hanna presents a fresh view of the Kantian and analytic traditions that have dominated continental European and Anglo-American philosophy over the last two centuries, and of the relation between them.
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