In this engaging, provocative, and highly original study, Karin de Boer offers an interpretation of key parts of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as a preparation for an anticipated (and positive) system of metaphysics that is broadly Wolffian in character. In contrast to the lopsided scholarly focus on the negative results of Kant’s project—its “all-crushing” effect on traditional metaphysics—de Boer contends that the Critique is in fact the outgrowth of a long-standing ambition on Kant’s part to make metaphysics into a science—that is, an organized body of a priori knowledge. In so doing, de Boer insists that Kant’s approach should not be taken to be that of a revolutionary overthrowing the ancien régime but instead that of a reformer who retains and works within an established (in this case Wolffian) framework by way of resolving metaphysics’ internal conflicts. In what follows, rather than offering a chapter-by-chapter summary, I will offer...
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Book Review| July 01 2022
Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics: The ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ Reconsidered
de Boer, Karin,
Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics: The ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ Reconsidered.
Cambridge University Press,
x + 273 pp.
The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (3): 369–373.
Corey W. Dyck; Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics: The ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ Reconsidered. The Philosophical Review 1 July 2022; 131 (3): 369–373. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-9743874
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