Metaphysics: A Critical Translation with Kant's Elucidations, Selected Notes, and Related Materials
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Alexander Baumgarten
862 g
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Detailed Table of contents / List of illustrations / Acknowledgements / Part I: Introduction to the Translation / Introduction / 1. Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762) and Georg Friedrich Meier (1718-1777): A historical sketch / 2. The philosophical context of the Metaphysics / 3. Kant's Handwritten Notes to the Metaphysics / 4. Notes on this translation / Part II: The Translation / Alexander Baumgarten's Metaphysics / Johann August Eberhard's Preface to the Second German Edition (1783) / Georg Friedrich Meier's Preface to the First German Translation (1766) / Preface of the third edition (1750) / Preface of the second edition (1743) / To the listener of good will [preface to the first edition](1739) / Synopsis / Prolegomena to Metaphysics / Part I: Ontology / Prologomena / Chapter I. The universal internal predicates of a being / Chapter II. The internal disjunctive predicates of a being / Chapter III. The relative predicates of a being / Part II: Cosmology / Prologomena / Chapter I. The concept of the world / Chapter II. The parts of the universe / Chapter III. The perfection of the universe / Part III: Psychology / Prolegomena / Chapter I. Empirical psychology / Chapter II. Rational psychology / Part IIII: Natural theology / Prolegomena / Chapter I. The concept of God / Chapter II. The operations of God / Part III: Ancillary Materials / Glossary / Latin-English / English-Latin / Notes and Textual variants / Selected Bibliography / Index to the paragraphs of the Metaphysics / General Index
Alexander Baumgarten (1714-1762), an influential German philosopher preceding Immanuel Kant, is remembered mainly as a founder of modern aesthetics. Yet his manual on metaphysics was one of the chief textbooks of philosophical instruction in latter 18th-Century Germany. Originally published in Latin, Kant used the Metaphysics for nearly four decades as the basis for lectures on metaphysics, anthropology and religion. Kant composed many of the preparatory sketches for the Critique of Pure Reason in the blank interleaved pages of his personal copy. Available for the first time in English, this critical translation draws from the original seven Latin editions and Georg Friedrich Meier's 18th-century German translation. Together with a historical and philosophical introduction, extensive glossaries and notes, the text is supported by translations of Kant's elucidations and notes, Eberhard's insertions in the 1783 German edition and texts from the writings of Meier and Wolff. For scholars of Kant, the German Enlightenment and the history of metaphysics, Alexander Baumgarten's Metaphysics is an essential, authoritative resource to a significant philosophical text.