Kant's Critique of Spinoza

2014.11.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Omri Boehm, Kant's Critique of Spinoza, Oxford University Press, 2014, xxxiv + 252pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199354801.
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2014.11.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Omri Boehm, Kant's Critique of Spinoza, Oxford University Press, 2014, xxxiv + 252pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199354801. Reviewed by G. Anthony Bruno, University of Bonn We are accustomed to thinking that the pre-critical Kant, among the rationalist positions, is closest to Leibniz and, amid various problems, responds chiefly to Hume. Kant claims as much in the Prolegomena after singling out Leibniz's metaphysics: "the remembrance of David Hume was the very thing that many years ago first interrupted my dogmatic slumber" (AA 4:257, 260). Yet in a 1798 letter to Garve, he says what first shakes his slumber is the need to resolve "the antinomy of pure reason", specifying the first antinomy regarding the world's beginning and the third antinomy regarding freedom (AA 12:257-8). These antinomies don't signify a Humean threat. In this book, Omri Boehm rigorously and engagingly argues that they indeed represent a. . .

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