Kant's Pre-Critical Writings and the Transcendental Aesthetic
This chapter attempts to sketch the philosophical content of Kant's more important writings, from 1747, when, at the age of 23, he wrote his first essay on the nature of vis viva or active force, up to 1770, when, on taking up his Chair of Philosophy at Königsberg, he produced his great inaugural Dissertation, On the Form and Principles of the Sensible and Intelligible World. The Dissertation anticipates many points in the Transcendental Aesthetic, the first part of the Critique of Pure Reason; and since this ‘Aesthetic’ doctrine has more links with the Dissertation doctrine than with many later parts of the Critique, the two writings are considered together.
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