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The Philosophy of the Young KantThe Precritical Project$
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Martin Schönfeld

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195132182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195132181.001.0001

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t e n The Reductio and Collapse of the Precritical Project

t e n The Reductio and Collapse of the Precritical Project

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The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Martin Schöneld

Oxford University Press

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

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