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<span class="smallCaps">s i x</span> <i>The New Elucidation</i> The Struggle for Freedom

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195132181.003.0007
 							s i x 						 							The New Elucidation 						The Struggle for Freedom

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This chapter explores Kant’s doctoral dissertation, New Elucidation of the First Principles of Metaphysical Cognition (1755). Section 1 examines the context of the thesis and Kant’s monist contention that reality involves a consistent and coherent structure. Section 2 discusses the problem of causality arising from a consistent reality — How can there be free actions and lawful processes in one and the same world? Section 3 explores the principles of succession and coexistence in Kant’s ontology. Section 4 analyzes Kant’s compatibilist solution of the problem of causality and his attempt at deducing freedom from the individual power of resistance.

Keywords: New Elucidation; Leibniz; Wolff; Lange; Crusius; ontology; determinism; compatibilism; autonomy; physical influx

Chapter.  16551 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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