The Powers of Pure Reason: Kant and the Idea of Cosmic Philosophy

2015.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alfredo Ferrarin, The Powers of Pure Reason: Kant and the Idea of Cosmic Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, 2015, 325pp.,
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2015.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alfredo Ferrarin, The Powers of Pure Reason: Kant and the Idea of Cosmic Philosophy, University of Chicago Press, 2015, 325pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226243153. Reviewed by Susan Meld Shell, Boston College This is an unusually ambitious work whose many virtues cannot be adequately summarized in a short review. Alfredo Ferrarin not only presents a highly original account of main features of Kant's critical oeuvre (under the rubric of what he calls "the idea of cosmic philosophy") but also introduces a novel philosophic approach, one that combines several of the best features of close reading, Entwicklungsgeschichte, and analytic reconstruction and critique. Unlike many scholars, who concentrate on individual texts or work with a view to discrete topics such as epistemology or ethics, Ferrarin sets his designs on uncovering the basic intention(s) animating Kant's philosophic efforts during the final critical. . .

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