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What is the human being?, by Patrick R. Frierson

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What is the human being?
Title
What is the human being?
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by Patrick R. Frierson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Philosophers, anthropologists and biologists have long puzzled over the question of human nature. It is also a question that Kant thought about deeply and returned to in many of his writings. In this lucid and wide-ranging introduction to Kant's philosophy of human nature - which is essential for understanding his thought as a whole - Patrick R. Frierson assesses Kant's theories and examines his critics. He begins by explaining how Kant articulates three ways of addressing the question 'what is the human being?': the transcendental, the empirical, and the pragmatic. He then considers some of the great theorists of human nature who wrestle with Kant's views, such as Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud; contemporary thinkers such as E.O.Wilson and Daniel Dennett, who have sought biological explanations of human nature; Thomas Kuhn, Michel Foucault, and Clifford Geertz, who emphasize the diversity of human beings in different times and places; and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Heidegger. He argues that whilst these approaches challenge and enrich Kant's views in significant ways, all suffer from serious weaknesses that Kant's anthropology can address. Taking a core insight of Kant's - that human beings are fundamentally free but finite - he argues that it is the existentialists, particularly Sartre, who are the most direct heirs of his transcendental anthropology. The final part of the book is an extremely helpful overview of the work of contemporary philosophers, particularly Christine Korsgaard and Jürgen Habermas. Patrick R. Frierson explains how these philosophers engage with questions of naturalism, historicism, and existentialism while developing Kantian conceptions of the human being." -- Publisher's description
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DLC
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1974-
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Frierson, Patrick R.
Index
index present
LC call number
B2798
LC item number
.F75 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Kant's questions
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  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Human beings
  • Human beings
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophische Anthropologie
Label
What is the human being?, by Patrick R. Frierson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [298]-310) and index
Contents
I. Kant on the human being -- Kant's transcendental anthropology -- Kant's empirical anthropology -- Kant on human evil and human history -- Kant on human diversity -- Kant's pragmatic anthropology -- II. Interlude : from Kant to the twentieth century -- Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud -- III. What is the human being today? -- Scientific naturalism -- Historicism and diversity -- Existentialism -- Normativity -- Conclusion
Control code
607983314
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 322 p.
Isbn
9780415558457
Lccn
2012029613
Other control number
40022263892
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)607983314
Label
What is the human being?, by Patrick R. Frierson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [298]-310) and index
Contents
I. Kant on the human being -- Kant's transcendental anthropology -- Kant's empirical anthropology -- Kant on human evil and human history -- Kant on human diversity -- Kant's pragmatic anthropology -- II. Interlude : from Kant to the twentieth century -- Hegel, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud -- III. What is the human being today? -- Scientific naturalism -- Historicism and diversity -- Existentialism -- Normativity -- Conclusion
Control code
607983314
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 322 p.
Isbn
9780415558457
Lccn
2012029613
Other control number
40022263892
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)607983314

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