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Author Frierson, Patrick R., 1974- author.

Title Kant's empirical psychology / Patrick R. Frierson
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 278 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; References to Kant's works; Chapter 1 Introduction: the nature and possibility of empirical psychology; 1.1 The nature and possibility of empirical psychology; 1.2 Empirical psychology and human freedom; 1.3 "Empirical [psychology] can never become a science" (4:471); 1.4 "We can never adequately ... know [living things] ... in accordance with merely mechanical principles of nature" (5:400); 1.5 Psychology's particular problems; 1.5.1 Opacity and deception; 1.5.2 The impossibility of experiment
1.5.3 Habits and second nature1.6 Ethical problems for empirical psychology; 1.7 Four psychologies: transcendental, rational, pragmatic, and empirical; 1.7.1 Transcendental psychology; 1.7.2 Rational psychology; 1.7.3 Pragmatic anthropology; 1.8 The nature and purpose of empirical psychology; Chapter 2 Kant's empirical account of human action; 2.1 The general structure of Kant's account; 2.1.1 Faculty psychology and causal powers; 2.1.2 From desire to action; 2.1.3 From feeling to desire; 2.1.4 Higher and lower faculties; 2.2 The lower faculty of desire: instincts and inclinations
2.2.1 Instincts2.2.2 Inclination; 2.2.3 Summary of the lower faculties; 2.3 The higher faculty of desire: character; 2.3.1 Character as ground of connections in the higher faculty; 2.3.2 The causes of character; 2.4 Conflicts of desire; 2.5 Conclusion; Chapter 3 Kant's empirical account of human cognition; 3.1 Sources for Kant's empirical account of cognition; 3.2 The lower cognitive faculty; 3.3 The (healthy) higher cognitive faculty; 3.4 Instruction; 3.5 Conclusion; Chapter 4 Kant's empirical account of moral motivation; 4.1 Interpretive divides
4.2 Kant's empirical account of moral motivation: the affective role of respect4.3 Kant's empirical account of moral motivation: further details; 4.3.1 Where do we get our cognition of the moral law?; 4.3.2 From moral cognition to respect; 4.4 "If the determination of the will takes place ... by means of a feeling ... then the action [lacks] morality" (5:71); 4.4.1 Appearances, things-in-themselves, and respect; 4.4.2 Moral law as principle of appraisal vs. respect as principle of motive
4.5 "If the determination of the will takes place ... by means of a feeling ... then the action [lacks] morality" (5:71)4.6 Going further? Kant's rejection of APP and its implications for empirical psychology; Chapter 5 Kant's empirical markers for moral responsibility; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Empirical psychology and moral markers; 5.3 The insufficiency of empirical markers; 5.4 The contingency of empirical markers; 5.5 Empirical psychology and moral common sense; Chapter 6 Defects of cognition; 6.1 Ordinary deviations: prejudices; 6.1.1 The nature and variety of prejudices
Summary "Throughout his life, Kant was concerned with questions about empirical psychology. He aimed to develop an empirical account of human beings, and his lectures and writings on the topic are recognizable today as properly 'psychological' treatments of human thought and behaviour. In this book Patrick R. Frierson uses close analysis of relevant texts, including unpublished lectures and notes, to study Kant's account. He shows in detail how Kant explains human action, choice, and thought in empirical terms, and how a better understanding of Kant's psychology can shed light on major concepts in his philosophy, including the moral law, moral responsibility, weakness of will, and cognitive error. Frierson also applies Kant's accounts of mental illness to contemporary philosophical issues. His book will interest students and scholars of Kant, the history of psychology, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of action"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804.
Kant, Immanuel 1724-1804
Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804.
Empiricism -- Psychological aspects
Psychology and philosophy -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139507036