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What Is “Desirable In Relation To Our Whole State”? An Approach To The Educational Goals Of Kant’s First Critique

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Kants so called Copernican Revolution of thought has often been mentioned as one of the major achievements of his philosophy. This chapter demonstrates that in the Critique of Pure Reason Kant starts to develop his theory of practical freedom from a particular kind of Willkür. The author refuses to accept the idea that Kants theory of freedom includes moral freedom exclusively while the pragmatic freedom is being ignored or understood as a transitory moment of his theory. In the first Critique he clearly distinguishes practical freedom from transcendental freedom and points out that practical freedom refers to the capacity to perform arbitrium liberum by taking into regard its principles and consequences. The author comes to the conclusion that Kant indeed has a theory of pragmatism and point out that he doesnt intend to disqualify the pragmatic reason at all.

Keywords: Copernican revolution; Critique of Pure Reason; Kant; practical freedom; Willkür



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