Hitherto there have been widely differing interpretations of the contradiction which Kant describes in the Critique of Pure Reason under the headings Dialectics and Antimony of Practical Reason . This volume documents for the first time the ermous variety of diverging interpretations and presents a text-oriented analysis of antimony and its resolution which in many respects contradicts the interpretations and assessments widely accepted today. The study demonstrates that antimony only became possible after Kant had undertaken important revisions of the principles of moral obligation and motive after 1781. It demonstrates how the antimony of practical reason characteristically differs from the antimonies in the Critique of Pure Reason in its structure and function.
The author teaches philosophy at the Ruhr University of Bochum.