Kant and Hegel on Freedom: Two New Interpretations

Karl Ameriks

in Interpreting Kant's Critiques

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199247318
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601699 | DOI:
 Kant and Hegel on Freedom: Two New Interpretations

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Contrasts a metaphysical reading of Kant’s notion of freedom with recent accounts of freedom offered by Allen Wood in a book on Hegel and Henry Allison in a book on Kant. Wood argues that Kant’s account is more concerned with the metaphysics of causation than Hegel’s and is therefore weaker, whereas Allison proposes and defends an understanding of freedom in Kant that plays down the role of causality and metaphysics. Argues in part along with Wood, against Allison, on the issue of the meaning of Kant’s theory, and in part along with Allison, against Wood, on the issue of the relative coherence and defensibility of Kant’s theory in contrast to Hegel’s. Also notes that there are significant problems with the main basis that Allison offers for the claim of our freedom, namely, the thought that we ‘can’t help but believe that we are practically free’.

Keywords: causality; freedom; ideality; metaphysics; transcendental idealism

Chapter.  7445 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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