Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-tn8tq Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-14T07:15:30.474Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Chapter 9 - Kant as “vitalist”: the “principium of life” inAnthropologie Friedländer

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2014

Alix Cohen
Affiliation:
University of Edinburgh
Get access

Summary

Anthropologie Friedländer captures Immanuel Kant at a high-water mark in his confidence in pragmatic anthropology as a means of discovering and promoting the twofold determination of man. Pragmatic anthropology helps to counter that spiritual life-threat with a history of the human race that makes reason's true end, which is practical and moral rather than speculative, newly self-transparent. It is neither theoretical nor empirical knowledge but instead specifically directed toward what is useful to human beings. Gaining such universal knowledge is no easy matter, and may require a world history or history of humanity, that has yet to be written. With such world history in mind, Kant turns, from empirical psychology to anthropology as such, which he describes as knowledge of the rules governing the phenomena of human beings, with a view to making use of them. Both body and Gemüth are animated by the principium of life or nature simply.
Type
Chapter
Information
Kant's Lectures on Anthropology
A Critical Guide
, pp. 151 - 171
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2014

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Available formats
×