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The Architectonic of Reason: Purposiveness and Systematic Unity in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

Lea Ypi


The Architectonic of Pure Reason, one of the most important sections of Kant’s first Critique, raises three fundamental questions. What can I know? What should I do? What may I hope? Taken together these questions converge on a fourth one, which is at the centre of philosophy as a whole: what is the human being? This book suggests that the answer to this question is tied to a particular account of the unity of reason—one that stresses its purposive character. By focusing on the sources, evolution, and function of Kant’s concept of purposiveness, the book shows that the idea of purposiveness th ... More

Keywords: Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, architectonic, system, nature, freedom, purposiveness, God, history, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198748526
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198748526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lea Ypi, author
Professor of Political Theory, Government Department, London School of Economics and Political Science