Kant's Pragmatic Anthropology: Its Origin, Meaning, And by Holly L Wilson

By Holly L Wilson

The 1st entire exam in English of Kant’s Anthropology from a practical viewpoint.

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The very fact that Kant’s anthropology is teleological in nature indicates, however, that the origin of the ideas in his lectures and the book is from some other source than the psychology section of his metaphysics lectures. The teleological nature of physical geography lectures and the purposiveness Kant seeks in natural environments as they affect human beings casts more light on the origin of the ideas of anthropology, than does the rise of anthropology out of the psychology section of his metaphysics lectures as several interpreters maintain.

It is possible, on the other hand, to see the use of such terms as “the powers of the soul” as tools, which form merely the schema or framework for the application of his critical thought. If Mengüsoglu’s argument were extended to Kant’s other works, then it would be a basis for criticizing Kant’s critical philosophy as well, since Kant also analyzes the faculties of pure reason, understanding, and judgment. Kant admitted that there were necessary concepts in his critical philosophy, which are simply taken over from psychology.

9 “Weltkenntnis” or “cosmopolitan knowledge” was meant to prepare his students for steering themselves safely within society, which would be a necessary stage in the development of morality, not just in the individual, but also in the species. T H E M E A N I N G O F P R A G M AT I C A N T H R O P O L O G Y There are several senses of pragmatic that Kant uses. The first sense concerns differentiating pragmatic anthropology from physiological anthropology and speculative anthropology. The second sense of pragmatic has to do with the pragmatic predisposition.

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