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Sure Path of a Science: Kant in the Analytic Tradition

Susan Neiman

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Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139167
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513916X.003.0014
 Sure Path of a Science: Kant in the Analytic Tradition

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This essay is an investigation and critique of 20th-century interpretations of Kant in the analytic tradition, arguing that a clear sign of progress in recent analytic philosophy is its newly historical self-conception. Approaches to Kant by Russell, Moore, Schlick, Ayer, Strawson, and Rorty are compared and contrasted, exploring their various and shared assumptions about Kant’s announced idea to place philosophy “on the sure path of a science”; a critique of Rorty’s epistemological paradigm of the history of modern philosophy is given. Twentieth-century readings of Kant, including Rorty’s, truncated Kant’s philosophy by projecting Cartesianism onto Kant and cutting away discussion of the moral, religious, and ethical content of his work. Given Kant’s conception of the unity of reason, in which theoretical and practical philosophy are inevitably implicated by one another, such readings are not defensible but can be exposed through proper reading of the text.

Keywords: Kant; analytic tradition; unity of reason; Rorty; epistemological paradigm; progress

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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