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Kant Trouble: The Obscurities of the Enlightened, Diane Morgan (Warwick Studies in European Philosophy, Andrew Benjamin, editor). London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. xii + 238. ISBN: 0-415-18353-7.


In her book, Kant Trouble, Diane Morgan sets out to show readers that there is much more to Kant’s work than meets the eye of most traditional Kant scholars. Her book draws upon a wide range of Kant’s texts -- some of them still not available in English translation. Morgan explicitly rejects the standard ways of assessing Kant’s work in terms of the pre-critical, critical, and post-critical phases, treating all of Kant’s work with the same respect. She thereby breaks with the tendency of some Kant scholars to judge the "critical" work as representative of Kant’s most important contribution to philosophy, while looking down upon the "pre-critical" work as immature and dismissing some of the post-critical work (most notably the work on anthropology) as "the late work of a senile old man" (x).

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