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Henry E. Allison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199647033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647033.001.0001

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: Kant on Freedom of the Will

: Kant on Freedom of the Will

(p.137) Essay Nine: Kant on Freedom of the Will
Essays on Kant

Henry E. Allison

Oxford University Press

This essay discusses the various conceptions of freedom to be found in Kant's texts, analyzes the connection between them and Kant's moral theory and epistemology, explores the contrast between the empirical and the intelligible character of the will, and examines Kant's controversial views on the relation between freedom and causal determinism. In addition, it frames Kant's account of free will historically in relation to the views of his immediate predecessors, who exerted the most influence on him, and his idealistic successors, who strongly criticized him but were greatly influenced by his views. The former group includes Leibniz, Wolff and Crusius, and the latter Fichte, Hegel, and Schopenhauer.

Keywords:   causal determinism, C. A. Crusius, empirical character, J. G. Fichte, free will, G. W. F. Hegel, intelligible character, G. W. Leibniz, Arthur Schopenhauer, Christian Wolff

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