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Kant's Platonic Revolution in Moral and Political Philosophy Hardcover – October 1, 1994

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"A work on how to interpret the whole of Kant's philosophy. The author's interpretation is provocative and well-informed, and it deserves to be read not only by Kant specialists but also by generalists who are trying to gain a better overall picture of what Kant was trying to do." -- Andy Kelley, Summaries and Comments

"In pursuit of an untraditional emphasis on Kant's Platonism, Seung provides a rather wide-ranging examination of texts and much intelligence." -- Choice


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801848504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801848506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Haecker on April 7, 2010
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Professor T.K. Seung, of the University of Texas Philosophy Department which I attend, has in "Kant's Platonic Revolution in Moral and Political Philosophy" (1994) written a thoroughly researched and extensive examination of Kant's subtle use of Platonic ideas. Dr. Seung copiously demonstrates how Kant makes use of the transcendental normative ideas of Plato, beginning in his early writings and continuing throughout his Critical philosophy and later into his historical and political writings. Dr. Seung has more than adequately anticipated the responses of his critics, and aptly defends his thesis against the conventional view that both the "Groundwork to the Metaphysics of Morals" and the "Critique of Practical Reason" constitute what is described as a "Copernican Revolution" in philosophy; a revolution which is thought to entirely discredit and exclude the transcendental normative standards of Plato. Dr. Seung defends these transcendental normative standards against the conventional reading of Kant's ethics as merely the formalistic ethics presented in the "Groundwork" and second Critique. Dr. Seung argues that this is a reading which does not appreciate the continued influence and subtle use of Platonic ideas throughout Kant's philosophical corpus. Dr. Seung's prose is terse and restrained, yet stingingly precise and incontestably cogent. The book clearly, if succinctly, discusses the importance of Platonic ideas to all aspects of Kant's philosophy (epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics and politics), as well as the relevance of Kant's Platonism to other philosophers including Hegel, Plotinus, Marxism, Derrida, Habermas and Rawls. This short yet insightful book should be of great interest to both Platonic and Kantian scholars, as well as advanced students of Kant, Hegel, epistemology and ethics.
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