This book is a very important contribution to the study of the history of modern philosophy. In highlighting the importance of paying close attention to Kant's criticisms of his immediate predecessors, the contributors to Kant and the Early Moderns provide new perspectives on Kant, as well as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, and Hume. -- Edwin McCann, University of Southern California Kant and the Early Moderns covers a great deal of territory in an informative, illuminating, and original way. It will be of interest to any student of modern philosophy. -- Richard E. Aquila, University of Tennessee
Preface: Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse ix Abbreviations and References for Primary Sources xi Introduction: by Daniel Garber and Beatrice Longuenesse 1 Chapter 1: Kant's "I Think" versus Descartes' "I Am a Thing That Thinks" by Beatrice Longuenesse 9 Chapter 2: Descartes' "I Am a Thing That Thinks" versus Kant's "I Think" by Jean-Marie Beyssade 32 Chapter 3: Kant's Critique of the Leibnizian Philosophy: Contra the Leibnizians, but Pro Leibniz by Anja Jauernig 41 Chapter 4: What Leibniz Really Said? by Daniel Garber 64 Chapter 5: Kant's Transcendental Idealism and the Limits of Knowledge: Kant's Alternative to Locke's Physiology by Paul Guyer 79 Chapter 6: The "Sensible Object" and the "Uncertain Philosophical Cause" by Lisa Downing 100 Chapter 7: Kant's Critique of Berkeley's Concept of Objectivity by Dina Emundts 117 Chapter 8: Berkeley and Kant by Kenneth P. Winkler 142 Chapter 9: Kant's Humean Solution to Hume's Problem by Wayne Waxman 172 Chapter 10. Should Hume Have Been a Transcendental Idealist? by Don Garrett 193 Notes 209 Bibliography 241 List of Contributors 249 Index 251
Daniel Garber is professor of philosophy at Princeton University and the author of "Descartes Embodied" and "Descartes' Metaphysical Physics". Beatrice Longuenesse is professor of philosophy at New York University. Her books include "Kant on the Human Standpoint" and "Kant and the Capacity to Judge" (Princeton).
"This small collection of essays is distinguished by the caliber of its contributors and by the exceptional promise of the discussion that it only begins ... This is an exceptionally productive exercise that allows readers not only to see these early modern figures in their own light, but also to appreciate what is truly novel about Kant's interpretation of them."--Choice "This volume is an inspired project... The objections-and-replies format of this collection is very graceful and effective in allowing the authors to explore Kant's interpretation of his predecessors, and to defend these predecessors against his criticisms."--Claudia M. Schmidt, Philosophy in Review