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Introduction: Our Elliptical Path

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693689
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693689.003.0001
Introduction: Our Elliptical Path

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The Introduction focuses on how the concept of an elliptical path, which is central to Kant's early work on Keplerian cosmology, unifies his conception of his own life and work and also his view about the ideal shape of the life of individual modern agents and the course of human history. In addition to giving an overview of each of the book's fifteen chapters, the Introduction highlights Kant's new concern, in the 1760s, with Rousseau's respect for common sense, egalitarianism, and a primacy of practical reason. This concern animates the rest of Kant's work, and his relation to figures such as Herder, Reinhold, Jacobi, Milton, Schiller, and others in a way that remains relevant to contemporary ethics, aesthetics, and metaphilosophy.

Keywords: ellipse; cosmology; practical reason; common sense; egalitarianism

Chapter.  12681 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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