Orlander, Sebastian Olof Juliusz (2021) Kant's 'World': an interpretation of a central idea in the Three Critiques. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the idea of world in Kant’s Critical philosophy. This is a central idea in the Kantian corpus and plays an important role in different contexts. While interpretations of Kant’s philosophy tend to emphasize the theoretical aspect of the notion, this thesis will examine how ‘world’ also structures Kant’s moral philosophy. I argue that examining the wider context where this idea is applied leads to a more comprehensive understanding of Kant’s philosophy as a whole. In particular, understanding how this idea functions allows us to examine Kant’s theory of the regulative use of the ideas of reason as it applies outside of the area of guiding scientific inquiry. Focusing on the analogical use of ideas to regulate rational activity, I show that Kant also uses the idea to conceive of the world as if it were structured according to moral laws rather than natural laws. Furthermore, the thesis examines how Kant conceives of the world as a teleologically structured whole where natural processes are seen as preparing the way for beings that are receptive to moral incentives and can regulate their behavior according to moral laws.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Contributors: Baiasu, S (Thesis advisor)
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 12:15
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 12:15
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10374

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