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Kant’s Critique of Spinoza

Omri Boehm


It is commonly assumed that Kant never seriously engaged with Spinoza or Spinozism—certainly not before the break of the Pantheismusstreit, certainly not within the Critique of Pure Reason. Offering an alternative reading of key pre-critical texts and of some of the Critique’s most central chapters, this book challenges this common assumption. Arguably, in early essays such as “The One Possible Basis” and the “New Elucidation,” Kant is consciously committed to Spinozist metaphysics. And, in the Critique of Pure Reason, he takes up Spinoza’s position as transcendental realism’s most consistent ... More

Keywords: Kant, Spinoza, Antinomies, Principle of Sufficient Reason, freedom, ontological argument, Pantheismusstreit, pre-critical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omri Boehm, author
The New School for Social Research