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The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation, and Community 1st Edition
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There is much in Shell's study that succeeds. She argues persuasively that the notions of community and generation have a central place throughout Kant's career. Shell also highlights the significance of a topic that most commentators have over-looked: Kant's lifelong philosophical interest in the human body.
Unfortunately, Shell provides a detailed defense of only a few of her most central claims. It would be unreasonable to expect that a book which covers so much novel ground also contain a de-tailed defense of each controversial claim, but specialists may find many of the omissions vexing. Nonetheless, the remarkable strength and scope of Shell's vision of the consistency of Kant's lifework makes this reader consider The Embodiment of Reason to a rousing success; specialists and non-specialists alike will find their understanding of Kant challenged by literally scores of novel arguments and imaginative exegetical suggestions.
The lack of comprehensive detail makes The Embodiment of Reason accessible to scholars who are not specialists in Kant; the sheer breadth and depth of her vision of Kant's life and work makes it all the more interesting to those who are