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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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s i x The New Elucidation The Struggle for Freedom

s i x The New Elucidation The Struggle for Freedom

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The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Martin Schöneld

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Kant’s doctoral dissertation, New Elucidation of the First Principles of Metaphysical Cognition (1755). Section 1 examines the context of the thesis and Kant’s monist contention that reality involves a consistent and coherent structure. Section 2 discusses the problem of causality arising from a consistent reality — How can there be free actions and lawful processes in one and the same world? Section 3 explores the principles of succession and coexistence in Kant’s ontology. Section 4 analyzes Kant’s compatibilist solution of the problem of causality and his attempt at deducing freedom from the individual power of resistance.

Keywords:   New Elucidation, Leibniz, Wolff, Lange, Crusius, ontology, determinism, compatibilism, autonomy, physical influx

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