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For the Love of Metaphysics: Nihilism and the Conflict of Reason from Kant to Rosenzweig

Karin Nisenbaum


In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant argued that human reason is inherently conflicted, because it demands a form of unconditioned knowledge that transcends its capacity; his solution to this conflict of reason relies on the idea that reason’s quest for the unconditioned can only be realized practically. This book proposes to view the conflict of reason, and Kant’s solution to this conflict, as the central problem shaping the contours of post-Kantian German Idealism. I contend that the rise and fall of German Idealism is to be told as a story about the different interpretations, appropriations ... More

Keywords: German Idealism, Kant, nihilism, practical reason, theoretical reason, unconditioned

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190680640
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190680640.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Nisenbaum, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Colgate University

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Part one Nihilism, Reason, and Freedom in the Early Reception of Kant’s Critical Philosophy

Part two The Primacy of the Practical in Early Fichte and Schelling

Part three Nihilism and the Affirmation of the World in Schelling and Rosenzweig

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