Kant’s Confrontation with Plato and the Greek World in the Inaugural Dissertation

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The discussion concerning Kant’s knowledge of the Greek world has long been a subject of debate. Our contribution is intended to show that in the Dissertation of 1770 Kant is measured against some currents of Greek thought, and above all with Plato, on topics which will become very important in the articulated development of criticism in the 1770s. One aspect of our analysis deals with the texts that could have filtered Kant’s knowledge of ancient Greek tradition. We will then pore over some crucial features of the Dissertation, such as the distinction between sensible and intelligible knowledge and the ambiguous nature of the intellectualia, in order to assess how Kant’s understanding of certain issues of Greek classicism may have contributed to the outline of some still problematic theses in the text of 1770.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)107-126
Numero di pagine20
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • Greek Tradition, Platonism, Sensible and Intelligible World, Idea-Ideal, Phenomena-Noumena


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