Professor Forster's introduction places the text in the context of Kant's earlier writings and provides a comprehensive account of the remarkable history of the manuscript from Kant's death to its eventful publication in the 1930s. Before staking a possible answer, it is worth making a few more observations about Opus postumum as a book. In this book, Bryan Wesley Hall breaks new ground in Kant scholarship, exploring the gap in Kant’s Critical philosophy in relation to his post-Critical work by turning to Kant’s final, unpublished work, the so-called Opus Postumum. This should be considered one of the great seminal works of philosophy. Opus postumum truthfully mirrors the act of thinking: it misses nothing out, not even the myriad repetitions, deleted passages, and contradictions. best modern German editions of Kant’s work in a uniform format suit-able for Kant scholars. Begun with the intention of … The three monographs in English fall under this category: the aforementioned Eckart F Ó§ rster’s Kant’s Final Synthesis in 2000, Bryan Wesley Hall’s The Post-Critical Kant in 2015, and Oliver Thorndike’s Kant’s Transition Project and Late Philosophy in 2018. The clear implication was that the manuscript is a waste of time, not to be bothered with, and that the real scholarship is in studying Kant’s previous work. When complete (fifteen volumes are currently envisioned) the edition will include all of Kant’s published works and a generous selection of his unpublished writings, such as the Opus postu-mum, handschriftliche Nachlass, lectures, and correspondence. Begun with the intention of … Indeed, every one of the few theses put forward about Opus postumum has been regarded by Kant scholars as highly debatable. Previous page of related Sponsored Products, Cambridge University Press (June 22, 1995), Excellently Put Together: The Book Kant Never Finished, Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2014. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2019. This is only one of the many complexities jutting out from Opus postumum. With this book in hand, now we need to decide for ourselves whether or not to continue with our metaphysical projects. Please try again. 36 Ibid. It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. Accordingly, Hall gives four rules for a ‘good interpretation’ of Opus postumum. Terms such as ‘senility,’ ‘marks of decrepitude’ and ‘Kant’s weakening faculties’ were common even in the reviews of the first Akademie Ausgabe version of Opus postumum (in two volumes, in 1936 and 1938). 1 review. Once they were published, no reviewer failed to note the eerie, unknown nature of the new Kantian landscape, and most opted to simply not take it seriously at all. You can read four articles free per month. In the mid-1790s, Kant began to explore what he saw as a“gap... in the critical philosophy” (Kant to Garve,September 21, 1798 AK 12:257), namely, how to transition from what heestablished about natural science in general in the MetaphysicalFoundations of Natural Science to physics in particular. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. 35 Ibid. Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2005. One reviewer, Kuno Fischer, famous for how critical he was toward Opus postumum, said, “one may doubt the value of [Kant’s last] work… if one considers both the frail state in which Kant was at the time and the completion to which he himself had brought the philosophy he had founded” (Quoted from Kant’s Final Synthesis, Eckart FÓ§rster, 2000, p.49). Labelled Übergang 1-14, these fascicles contain an attempt to ‘transcendentally deduce’ an invisible yet material medium through which all matter travels. There are extensive explanatory notes and a helpful glossary. 41 Ibid. This volume is the first-ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, a work Kant himself described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. By continuing to browse the site with cookies enabled in your browser, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy. Nevertheless, an edition of the Opus postumum was begun in 1882 by Rudolf Reicke – only to come to an abrupt end two years later, when the manuscript was sold by Kant's heir to an uncooperative buyer. On the contrary, the organization of ideas, especially when presented in book format, directly influences our notion of what thought is. X. Kant’s Opus Postumum was his unfinished work, gathered, edited and organized for publication by followers a century after Kant died. It is composed of sheets (or ‘fascicles’ or ‘convolutes’) that Kant began writing in the mid 1790s, continuing to a year before his death in 1804. So why the need for such rules with this ‘keystone’ of Kant’s philosophy? But five matters should be briefly addressed as background for discussing his philosophical theology: (1) his association with Pietism; (2) his wish to strike a reasonable balance between (the Christian) religion and (Newtonian physical) science; (3) his attempt to steer a middle path between the excess… Whilst this is the initial project Kant focuses on, as the fascicles progress various topological shifts take place. First, be consistent with the text; second, make Kant consistent with himself; third, be philosophically plausible; and fourth, give Opus postumum the respect it deserves – after all, Kant considered it the ‘keystone’ of his philosophy. If this seems like a strange diversion for Kant, it pales in oddity to his discussion of ether in the central fascicles. ; Immanuel Kant: Material Type: Thesis/dissertation There's a problem loading this menu right now. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Kant's Transition Project and Late Philosophy : Connecting the Opus Postumum and Metaphysics of Morals by Oliver Thorndike (2019, Trade Paperback) at the best online prices at eBay! Instead of ascertaining Kant’s analysis and reconstructing it in our own conference papers, essays and books, we join him in thinking. A835/B863; translation modified. These points of view have cast a deep shadow over the Opus postumum.There have also been brilliant attempts at reintegrating Opus postumum into Kant’s philosophy (Gerhard Lehmann, Burkhard Tuschling, Vittorio Mathieu and Erich Adickes provide some of the most detailed scholarship), as well as fantastic hermeneutical proposals designed to critically reconstruct it. This site uses cookies to recognize users and allow us to analyse site usage. This pain is provoked by Kant’s repetition, restatements, over-meticulous descriptions, the sudden shift from one subject to another, deletion of important sentences, paragraph-long sentences, irrelevancies (for example, shopping lists, to do lists, dinner party guest lists…), and the general disorder of the work. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. It challenges our expectation of what a philosophy book is and what a philosophy book is supposed to do, by showing us what a philosophy can be, and by doing what a philosophy book is not ‘supposed’ to do. Occupying him for more than the last decade of his life, this volume includes the first English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, which he described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and the keystone of his entire philosophical system. Yet between the fascicles being found on Kant’s desk and the publication of the Akademie edition, 132 years had elapsed, and the loose pages had already suffered some complex, even catastrophic, events, including being dropped in a puddle and coming out of order, forever leaving us in the dark about how they should be arranged. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. So in a book of philosophy, we are typically not invited to think with the author, only to think about his or her perfected thoughts. A855/B882. Why is this the case? Kant’ s Opus postumum T errence Thomson wrestles with Kant’s unfinished work to ask what we should expect from philosophy books. 37 Ibid. Opus postumum – the designation of some texts by I. Kant, containing sketches on the problems of natural philosophy and transcendental philosophy, which he did from December 1786 to January 1804. This brings us to a possible answer as to why we need rules for interpreting Kant’s last text. There was a problem loading your book clubs. But so what? Opus Postumum (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant). These rules are evidently excellent guidelines for navigating through any complicated text, not only Opus postumum. 34 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, trans. This article does not present a full biography of Kant. There aren’t that many: as of 2020 only three English monographs and a handful of journal articles. 42 Ibid. It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. In an oft-quoted letter, Kant remarks that writing the fascicles was “a pain like that of Tantalus” (Correspondence 12:257): so it’s no wonder that we too also feel pain when we try to reach out and grasp the core ideas of Opus postumum, only to find that we have grasped nothing. In the first place the ether becomes a principle of possible experience, and the role it could play in the metaphysics of nature is now only an aspect of this theoretical frame. In this book Kant goes wild and applies his philosophical system to everything, particular physics. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Yet it cannot be denied (and I don’t think anyone does deny it): Opus postumum is filled with problems and contradictions. At its root (if we can talk in such a way about Opus postumum) is a work Kant provisionally titled Transition from the Foundations of Natural Science to Physics, which attempts to construct a bridge to empirical physics from the ‘special’ metaphysics of nature partially explored in his Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science of 1786. Unable to add item to List. Förster has provided a very clear, concise, and judicious introduction, which describes the history of Kant's manuscript, its composition, its place in Kant's philosophy, and the development of Kant's views and argument contained in it....The editorial apparatus makes this volume especially useful, and the translators have certainly achieved their aim of making their translation read at least like Kant wherever it cannot quite read like English....Given the intensity of English-language Kant scholarship, this volume does a great service both to Kant and to his students." Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2017. Also included are extensive explanatory notes and a helpful glossary. A834/B862. This dispersed ‘world material’ (which was not an uncommon conjecture in eighteenth century natural science) is one of the most discussed parts of Opus postumum, since it challenges what Kant scholars previously held his method of transcendental deduction to be capable of. By 1786-96 the so-called unshrouded sheets were included, from 1796 made 12-14 sketches, which are combined in 12 convolutes. Kant's Rejlexionen on physics, also written in th e 1770S, exhibit the same features. But, this pain is actually a ticket into a remarkable world: it is an invitation to think in an authentic way with Kant, warts and all. Perhaps the problem does not lie in Opus postumum at all, but in our expectation of it as a book. We catch Kant in the act, so to speak. This volume is the first-ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, a work Kant himself described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. Who isn't keen to read Kant's final thoughts on theoretical and practical philosophy? It occupied him fo r more than the last decade of his life. It is even rarer to be publically presented with raw thinking. This volume is the first ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus Postumum, a work Kant himself described as his 'chef d'oeuvre' and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. Please try again. has been added to your Cart. Yet recent scholarship on the text, particularly Hall’s masterpiece The Post-Critical Kant, suggests that there is a unique thread running through Opus postumum, and if a few simple rules are followed we can find in the text an argument that makes sense and even convincingly critiques the philosophy of Kant’s three Critiques. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. So whereas in his Critique of Pure Reason, for example, we have an orderly layout presenting the argument – for instance, a Doctrine of Elements and a Doctrine of Method; or the division of the argument into a Transcendental Aesthetic, Transcendental Analytic, Transcendental Dialectic, and so on – there is no equivalent layout in Opus postumum. All three are fine scholarly works, destined to contribute to the future reception of Opus postumum. Please try your request again later. It seems that we do not know how to begin understanding such a curious amalgam of material. Apparently this reworking was a response to a problematic part of Metaphysical Foundations that was pointed out to Kant after its publication. Kenneth R. Westphal, Review of Metaphysics. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. But something about them bothers me. It is not easy to summarize, but I can start by observing that it contains a vast array of thoughts, notes, drafts, and marginalia at varying levels of completion. Kant Applies the Architectonic to -- Everything! It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. Kant: Religion Rational Theology (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Correspondence (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Lectures on Logic (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Anthropology, History, and Education (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Theoretical Philosophy after 1781 (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Practical Philosophy (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Kant: Tugendlehre (Klassiker Auslegen) (German Edition) (Klassiker Auslegen, 58), The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition, Book Title Generator: A Proven System in Naming Your Book, "This is an excellent volume, in format, in content, and in physical presentation. A good compilation of the remaining notes Kant wrote at the end of his life. Although efforts to publish the manuscript were made in 1882, it was not until 1936–1938 that a German edition of the whole manuscript appeared. Opus postumum is the opposite of this standard format, and with it we are presented with nothing less than a challenge to how we read a philosophy book. Although Kant considered this project to be the "keystone" of his philosophical efforts, it has been largely neglected by scholars. Although some of the notions Kant tries to defend in the book are outdated (like the existence of a universal aether or caloric), one can see where he is coming from and will cause one to think about his philosophy as a whole (for good or bad). The body of the text is a generous and representative selection of substantial excerpts from Kant's opus postumum (256 pages), which fills volumes 21 and 22 of Kant's Gesammelte Schriften (the "Akademie Ausgabe" [Ak]), totalling about twelve hundred pages of text. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. I must admit that this is only one interpretation of what is happening in Opus postumum. 44 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason A158/B197. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Occupying him for more than the last decade of his life, this volume includes the first English translation of Kant's … This gives rise to the enormous difficulties in interpreting the text; but it also inadvertently gives rise to enormous opportunities. It was certainly written by a genius. If nothing else, this book will help anyone that agrees or disagrees with Kant as to what Kant's philosophy was aiming at. Opus Postumum (The Cambri... © Philosophy Now 2020. I have recently been immersed in trying to understand Immanuel Kant’s last text, his so-called Opus postumum. Terrence Thomson is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in Kingston University, London. This, inevitably, is a painful experience. Norman Kemp Smith (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1929) A81/B106. This volume is the first-ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, a work Kant himself described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. This volume is the first ever English translation of Kant's last major work, Opus Postumum. Even decisions around editorial form are problematic; how do we decide whether to keep the deletions and correct the 'mistakes'? Kant at the Bar: Transcendental Idealism in Daily Life, The Kantianism of Hegel and Nietzsche by Robert Zimmerman. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Along with his works on natural science (also put out by Cambridge), without a doubt Kant's best work. Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018, kant here is the best in philosophy so have not achieved their goal, KANT’S UNFINISHED WORK, TRANSITIONING “FROM PHILOSOPHY TO PHYSICS”, Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was a German philosopher who is perhaps the founder of "modern" philosophy, with his focus on epistemology (theory of knowledge); he wrote many books, such as. He said there was no metaphysics before him, and that metaphysicians should suspend all work until further notice. Opus Postumum Immanuel Kant , Eckart Förster , Michael Rosen This volume is the first-ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, a work Kant himself described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. Whether we continue to try and fit this irregular oddity into the regular framework of philosophical argumentation, or whether we try to account for the contradictions and problems in a different way remains to be seen. Well, Opus Postumum is that notice. And Opus postumum is not perfected; nor does it contain a smooth, linear, rational line of argumentation. Professor Förster's introduction places the text in the context of Kant's earlier writings and provides a comprehensive account of the remarkable history of the manuscript from Kant's death to its eventual publication in the 1930s. The Opus postumum has long been a topic of interest especially insofar as it offers the hope of clarification and development of central issues in Kant's Critical philosophy. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. Over the last few decades, the importance of this text for our understanding of Kant’s philosophy has emerged with increasing clarity. About Kant’s Transition Project and Late Philosophy. Attempting to make sense of Opus postumum presents an especially challenging task since it throws up all manner of perplexing material, which sometimes morphs the philosophy in the three Critiques [of Pure Reason, of Practical Reason, and of Judgement, Ed] that form the pillars of Kant’s thought; sometimes does not relate to it at all; and sometimes contradicts it entirely. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. In the same way, rarely are our own thoughts immediately clear. Connecting Kant's unfinished book project, the Opus postumum, with the Metaphysics of Morals, it identifies and clarifies issues at the forefront of Kant's focus towards the … However,his notes on this “gap” exceeded his original plan, asthey came to cover not only how to transition from the foundations ofnatural science to physics, but also self-positing, God, and thenature o… Why can we not read Opus postumum in this way, respecting its contradictions and admitting that, yes, it is a rough ride; yes, there are problems with it; and yes, it is perhaps one of the most difficult documents by one of the most difficult philosophers; but also, yes, it challenges us to think for ourselves in the most rigorous way. This volume is the first ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus postumum, a work Kant himself described as his "chef d'oeuvre" and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. A more general account of his life can be found in the article Kant’s Aesthetics. Why should we erase any trace of contradiction? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The Systematic Role of Kant’s Opus postumum were laid down respectively in the first Critique and the Metaphysical Foundations, on the one hand, and in the Critique of the Power of Judgment on the other hand.6Given this general framework Förster tried to focus on the exact problem faced by Kant in his last The principle theme of the Opus Postumum was Physics, metaphysically reconsidered. Lectures on Metaphysics (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant), Kant: Natural Science (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant). It is well known that Kant embarked on a transition from the a priori metaphysical foundations of natural science to empirical physics in his last, unpublished work, the so-called Opus postumum (OP). Professor Förster's introduction places the text in the context of Kant's earlier writings and provides a comprehensive account of the remarkable … Perhaps we are so used to philosophy books presenting their arguments in a smooth way that when we’re confronted by something irregular, our instinct is to try to make it fit, to transform it into a work with a rational arc. Please try again. Whilst this is the initial project Kant focuses on, as the … Kant's Transition Project and Late Philosophy is the first study to provide a close reading of the connection between texts written by Kant during 1796 and 1798. It unintentionally demonstrates that the expectation of a smooth, linear, rational line of argument in a philosophy book (analytic and continental) is so ingrained, that when we encounter something authentically different, the immediate reaction is to overlook it or discount it. Something went wrong. However, more recently, many scholars have cast off this prejudice and returned to Opus postumum in a sustained attempt to investigate what’s going on and how it may provide a key to understanding Kant’s previous work in a new light. Why should we make Kant consistent with himself? But I’m sure of one thing: if ever Saul Bellow’s words were appropriate when he wrote, “I have always been a believer in an unfinished work to keep you alive” (Ravelstein, 2000), they are so with regard to Kant and his Opus postumum. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. At its root (if we can talk in such a way about Opus postumum) is a work Kant provisionally titled Transition from the Foundations of Natural Science to Physics, which attempts to construct a bridge to empirical physics from the ‘special’ metaphysics of nature partially explored in his Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science of 1786. Rather, they are often repetitive, contradictory, multifaceted, and unstructured, until we actively organize them, redraft them, resculpt them, polish them, and so laboriously make them clear. This volume is the first ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus Postumum, a work Kant himself described as his 'chef d'oeuvre' and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. 40 Ibid. These include the ‘Opus Postumum,’ Kant’s unfinished magnum opus on the transition from philosophy to physics…” Kant wrote in a Preface, “The concept of a science of nature… is the systematic representation of the laws of motion of outer objects in space and time, insofar as these [laws] can be known a priori (thus as necessary). Moreover, the idea of ether seems contradictory – it is material and yet invisible; it is everywhere yet impermeable – but Kant nonetheless affirms that a transcendental deduction of it is possible, even necessary. Ever since some fragments were first published in journals in 1882, Kant’s Opus postumum has been considered something of an interloper in his body of writings. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. There are plenty more. All rights reserved. This volume is the first ever English translation of Kant's last major work, the so-called Opus Postumum, a work Kant himself described as his 'chef d'oeuvre' and as the keystone of his entire philosophical system. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Opus Postumum by Immanuel Kant, 9780521319287, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. You’ve read one of your four complimentary articles for this month. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. This is the first book in English devoted entirely to Kant’s Opus Postumum and its place in the Kantian oeuvre. It occupied him for more than the last decade of his life. Kant begins to rework his whole theory of matter into a more precise element of the metaphysics of nature, capable of taking into account the density of matter alongside attractive and repulsive forces. 43 Ibid. Although a print on demand, the book abundantly satisfies expectations. 38 Opus postumum 157. Genre/Form: Hochschulschrift: Named Person: Immanuel Kant; Immanuel Kant; Kant, Immanuel; Opus postumum. Perhaps without rules we are left with merely the raw contradictions of the book, a scattered tangle of arguments without conclusions, and conclusions without arguments. I cannot recall coming across a similar set of rules for reading other philosophical books; nor do I recall the need to adopt similar rules for Kant’s other work – even the notoriously difficult Critique of Pure Reason, which contains contradictions too.

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