Kant's Silent Decade: A Decade of Philosophical Development by W. H. Werkmeister

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H. J. Paton, The Categorical Imperative, p. 213. 31. XVIII, 182: 5439. See also XVIII, 508: 4333: "The will of man is free means as much as: Reason has the power over the will and the other capacities and inclinations. For reason determines itself and without this all other capacities are being determined according to the law of efficient causes and are externally necessary. " 32. Compare the Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Lewis White Beck translation in Critique of Practical Reason and Other Writings in Moral Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1949), p.

The second, concerning the origin of all things ... is metaphysical and presupposes analogies with known causes. The concept of the cause pertains to realities, and causality always pertains to contingencies" (XVII, 599: 4577). " Its action is therefore "teleological" rather than mechanical (XVII, 605: 4594). "The First Mover determines everything through purposes" (XVII, 601: 4583; 600: 4579). "All our cognition of God is [therefore] but an investigation of what might be contained in the ideal of the highest perfection" (XVII, 599: 4576).

Kant had expressed similar thoughts in an earlier Reflection (see above, Section I). Further contemplation led Kant to point out that the first problem, that of a necessary Being, is "transcendental" because it pertains to the subordination of concepts only. " But what about the third problem, the problem of the "all-sufficient Being" or the "Being of all beings"? At the time when Kant wrote the Reflections here referred to he gave no answer to this question. VII A brief look at relevant parts of the first and second Critiques shows clearly that many of the ideas found in the Reflections, though differing substantially from the position of 1763, were carried over into the published works.

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