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Dreams of a Spirit-Seer and Kant’s Critical Method: Comments on Stephen R. Palmquist’s Kant and Mysticism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2020

J. Colin McQuillan
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St Mary’s University, San Antonio
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In his new book, Kant and Mysticism, Stephen Palmquist argues that Kant had already formulated his critical method by the mid-1760s and that it emerged from his reflections on Swedenborg’s mystical visions. In order to evaluate these claims, I consider Kant’s correspondence with Charlotte von Knobloch and Moses Mendelssohn before and after the publication of Dreams of a Spirit-Seer; the context in which Kant published Dreams; and the method he employs when he discusses Swedenborg’s visions in that work. I conclude that Kant’s critical method was not well-formed during the 1760s and did not emerge from Kant’s reflections on Swedenborg.

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Kant, Immanuel (1999) Correspondence. Ed. and trans. Arnulf Zweig. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Kant, Immanuel (1992) Dreams of a Spirit-Seer Elucidated by Dreams of Metaphysics. In Theoretical Philosophy 1755–1770. Ed. and trans. Walford, David and Meerbote, Ralf. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Palmquist, Stephen R. (2019) Kant and Mysticism: Critique as the Experience of Baring All in Reason’s Light. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.Google Scholar
Palmquist, Stephen R. (2000) Kant’s Critical Religion: Volume Two of Kant’s System of Perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate.Google Scholar

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