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Kant's Organicism
Author: Jennifer Mensch

ISBN: 9780226271514
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 30 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Offsetting a study of Kant's theory of cognition with a mixture of intellectual history and biography, "Kant's Organicism" offers readers an accessible portrait of Kant's scientific milieu in order to show that his standing interests in natural history and its questions regarding organic generation were critical for the development of his theoretical philosophy. By reading Kant's theoretical work in light of his connection to the life sciences--especially his reflections on the epigenetic theory of formation and genesis--Jennifer Mensch provides a new understanding of much that has been otherwise obscure or misunderstood in it. "Epigenesis"--a term increasingly used in the late eighteenth century to describe an organic, nonmechanical view of nature's generative capacities--attracted Kant as a model for understanding the origin of reason itself. Mensch shows how this model allowed Kant to conceive of cognition as a self-generated event and thus to approach the history of human reason as if it were an organic species with a natural history of its own. She uncovers Kant's commitment to the model offered by epigenesis in his first major theoretical work, the ...

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