Studies in German Idealism

Jacob Sigismund Beck’s Standpunctslehre and the Kantian Thing-in-itself Debate

The Relation Between a Representation and its Object

Authors: Nitzan, Lior

  • Presents a radically new way of understanding Kant’s transcendental idealism
  • Reconstructs, step by step, the historical development of Beck’s Doctrine of the Standpoint and contrasts Beck's views with those of his two major contemporaries – K. L. Reinhold and J. G. Fichte
  • Defends the uniqueness of Beck's view and claims that it may actually represent Kant’s own intentions, which, in the author's opinion, was and still is widely misunderstood
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About this book

This book examines the unique views of philosopher Jacob Sigismund Beck, a student of Immanuel Kant who devoted himself to an exploration of his teacher's doctrine and to showing that Kant’s transcendental idealism is, contra to the common view, both internally consistent and is not a form of subjective idealism. In his attempt to explain away certain apparent contradictions found in Kant's system, Beck put forward a new reading of Kant’s critical theory, a view, which came to be known as the Standpunctslehre, the Doctrine of the Standpoint.

Author Lior Nitzan reconstructs, step by step, the historical development of Beck’s doctrine. He shows how Beck's unique view is drastically different from that of his contemporaries and presents the relevance of Beck to contemporary debates about the proper interpretation of Kant’s notion of objectivity, the refutation of idealism and the role of the thing in itself in Kant’s transcendental idealism. In doing so, Nitzan presents a defense of Beck's radical perspective of Kant’s theory and claims that some of Kant’s negative responses to it may in fact be due more to the adversary academic environment at the time than to Kant’s true, well considered, opinion.

Jacob Sigismund Beck’s Standpunctslehre challenges the two dominant schools in the interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism—the "two world" and the "two aspect" view. It presents a new way of understanding Kant’s transcendental idealism, according to which the thing in itself plays no positive role in relation to the possibility of experience. Moreover, it claims that eliminating the thing in itself as the ultimate object of knowledge is not to admit idealism but in fact is the only way to consistently uphold realism. In addition, the book also addresses the question why, assuming that the proposed interpretation is correct, Kant had chosen not to make his true intentions clear.

About the authors

The author has obtained a Bachelor degree in Law (LL.B) from the College of Management in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1998 and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Haifa, Israel, in 2012. He received the Rotenstreich Fellowship for exceptional Doctoral students. With the support of the Minerva Fellowship, the author has been a guest of the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2010-2011. He published several articles relating to the interpretation of Kant’s Transcendental Idealism and is currently working on the Neo-Kantian debate in Germany during the 19th century between psychologism and normativism.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nitzan, Lior

    Pages 3-25

  • The Subjective Conditions of Objectivity

    Nitzan, Lior

    Pages 29-59

  • The Seemingly Inevitable Roles of the Thing-in-Itself

    Nitzan, Lior

    Pages 61-72

  • The Development of Beck’s Thought, Leading Up to the Publication of the Einzig möglicher Standpunct

    Nitzan, Lior

    Pages 75-90

  • The Problem of the Bond Between a Representation and Its Object

    Nitzan, Lior

    Pages 91-93

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34758-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jacob Sigismund Beck’s Standpunctslehre and the Kantian Thing-in-itself Debate
Book Subtitle
The Relation Between a Representation and its Object
Authors
Series Title
Studies in German Idealism
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05984-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05984-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05983-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34758-5
Series ISSN
1571-4764
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 398
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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