Imagination and Interpretation in Kant: The Hermeneutical Import of the Critique of Judgment

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University of Chicago Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 187 pages
In this illuminating study of Kant's theory of imagination and its role in interpretation, Rudolf A. Makkreel argues against the commonly held notion that Kant's transcendental philosophy is incompatible with hermeneutics. The charge that Kant's foundational philosophy is inadequate to the task of interpretation can be rebutted, explains Makkreel, if we fully understand the role of imagination in his work. In identifying this role, Makkreel also reevaluates the relationship among Kant's discussions of the feeling of life, common sense, and the purposiveness of history.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Precritical and Critical
7
Part Two The Imagination in the Critique of Judgment
43
Part Three Judgment and Reflective Interpretation
109
Bibliography
173
Index
181
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Rudolf A. Makkreel is the Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Emory University. He is the author of Dilthey: Philosopher of the Human Studies and coeditor of Dilthey's Selected Works.

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