Metaphysics of Freedom? Kant’s Concept of Cosmological Freedom in Historical and Systematic Perspective

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Freedom is one of the main issues of modern philosophy and Kant’s philosophy of freedom a major source for comprehending it. Whereas in contemporary debates Kant’s concept of practical freedom is addressed frequently, the cosmological foundation of it is much less discussed and even mostly taken for granted. In Metaphysics of Freedom?, by contrast, Kant’s concept of cosmological freedom is scrutinized both in a historical and a systematic perspective. As a result, a deeper and broader understanding of Kant’s conception of freedom, its presuppositions, and problems emerges.
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Biographical Note

Christian Krijnen (PhD 2001, habilitation 2006) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands). In his numerous monographs and articles, Kant, Hegel, neo-Kantianism, and contemporary transcendental philosophy play a major role.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction
Christian Krijnen

2 Free Will in Antiquity and in Kant
Michael N. Forster

3 Freedom in Nature, Freedom of the Mind in Spinoza
Gábor Boros

4 Kants theoretischer Freiheitsbegriff und die Tradition der „libertas spontaneitatis“
Thomas Sören Hoffmann

5 The Freedom of the Monad and the Subject of Freedom
Klaus Erich Kaehler

6 Das Problem der transzendentalen Freiheit und seine Lösung: Kant versus Wolff
Heiner F. Klemme

7 Kant on “Practical Freedom” and Its Transcendental Possibility
Stephan Zimmermann

8 Absolute Spontaneity and Self-Determination: The Fact of Reason and the Categories of Freedom
Martin Bunte

9 Kant’s Problems with Freedom and Fichte’s Response to the Challenge
Marina F. Bykova

10 Sameness and Otherness in the Free Principle of Philosophy: Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre in Comparison to Hegel’s Science of Logic
Faustino Fabbianelli

11 Kant’s Conception of Cosmological Freedom and Its Metaphysical Legacy
Christian Krijnen

12 Hegel’s Concept of Recognition as the Solution to Kant’s Third Antinomy
Arthur Kok

13 Does Spontaneity Have to Be Naturalized? Freedom as Spontaneity—Today and in Kant
Jakub Kloc-Konkołowicz

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Readership

All interested in the philosophy of Kant, German idealism, neo-Kantianism, and post-war transcendental philosophy. Anyone concerned with the concept of freedom in German philosophy and its relevance for philosophical thought.

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