RRP: $35 (AUD)
Format: 216x140 mm (5.5x8.5 in) Paperback
Pub. Date: 2015-05
In this important new work on the philosophy of German Idealism, Valkanov investigates the Kantian notion of the limits of human cognition and its implication for our understanding and practice of freedom. He then turns to the question of the connection between knowledge and freedom in the philosophy of Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. Valkanov moves beyond the more traditional and formalized treatments of Kant, by applying the critical analysis of limitation, confusion and conflict to our own ways of thinking. This approach tests the stability of our conceptions and sense of certainty through a voluntary exposure to the destructive force of Kant’s transcendental critique. The result is a text which presents the essence of the arguments and exposes the passion that underpins the complex terminology and architectonics of transcendental philosophy. This ground-breaking work restores a sense of wonder at the depths of Kant’s transcendental discoveries, the immensity of the challenge that he posed and the intense, living connection between his work and the work of those who succeeded him.
‘Valkanov [provides an] impressive contribution to rethinking the issues of knowing and freedom in German Idealism. He ... knows these thinkers thoroughly and directly, and he communicates his mastery of the main lines of commentary and controversy’. William Desmond
About the Author
Dessislav Valkanov (PhD, KU Leuven 2005) is Lecturer at the University of Plovdiv. He is author of Poznanie i svoboda. Studii vyrhu filosofijata na nemskia idealizym (2009) and numerous articles on German idealism.