A Kant Dictionary by Howard Caygill

By Howard Caygill

During this new lexical survey of Kant's works, Howard Caygill offers Kantian innovations and terminology in phrases that might introduce and make clear his principles for college students and basic readers alike.

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Html [26-06-2009 16:05:46] page_39 < previous page page_39 next page > Page 39 and dependence of appearances (A 415/B 443), but are shown upon critical scrutiny to yield the antinomies. Kant on the whole refrains from giving the absolute any substantive content; he does not use the term to qualify either the thing-initself or the categorical imperative. However, he does refer in passing to 'absolute self-activity (freedom)' (A 418/B 446), parenthetically suggesting a substantive identification of the absolute with freedom.

Pölitz, and metaphysics (1821), again by Pölitz. 41 This of course is not to mention the publishing programme of the twentieth-century Academy Edition. The demand for transcripts and the publication of Kant's lectures shows that they were considered an integral part of his oeuvre even during his lifetime. However, his lectures also fed indirectly into his published texts. Tracing this influence is an extremely subtle branch of Kant scholarship which it would be inappropriate to pursue too closely at this point, although the following issues may be briefly addressed.

48 His second venture into publishing was equally unsatisfactory, namely the anonymously published Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens of 1755 which was written during Kant's career as a domestic tutor. The book was published by Johann Friedrich Petersen of Königsberg and Leipzig who promptly went bankrupt. The stock was impounded with only a few copies escaping. Thus, although announced in the all-important catalogue of the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs, it did not gain wide circulation, though it did receive a review in the Hamburg journal Freyen Urtheilen und Nachrichten.

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