<span class="smallCaps">t e n</span> <i>The Reductio and Collapse of the Precritical Project</i>

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI:
 							t e n 						 							The Reductio and Collapse of the Precritical Project

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This chapter explores Kant’s crisis in the early 1760s and its result, Dreams of a Spirit-Seer (1766). Section 1 discusses Kant’s development after the Prize Essay: the essay on Beautiful and Sublime (1764), the Negative Quantities paper (1764), and the Lecture Announcement (1765). Section 2 examines the context and inspiration of Kant’s treatise — the attack on Swedenborg’s mysticism. Section 3 explores the fallout of Kant’s Swedenborg-attack for the pre-critical project — the acknowledged impossibility of a synthesis of natural science and metaphysics, and the consequent need for a methodological bifurcation between the sensible and the intelligible.

Keywords: Dreams of a Spirit-Seer; Beautiful and Sublime; Negative Quantities; Lecture Announcement; Swedenborg; mysticism; pre-critical project; dualism

Chapter.  8138 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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