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Implications of the Philosophy of KantKantadarsaner Tatparyya$
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Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya, Mohanty, and Tara Chatterjea

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077336.001.0001

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Examination of Willing or of Duty

Examination of Willing or of Duty

Chapter:
(p.43) I. Examination of Willing or of Duty
Source:
Implications of the Philosophy of Kant
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Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077336.003.0001

This chapter discusses the concept of free will and the idea of causa noumenon, which is an individual with free will. It notes that it is the concept of the free self that makes up the basis of Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya's interpretation of Kant. The first sections of the chapter focus on the concept of ‘action’, which is defined as the result of a notion of doing. It identifies two kinds of knowledge on actions, and then examines the mutual dependency that exists between the certainty of autonomous action and the certainty about the ought. The rest of the chapter discusses other concepts of willing and duty, including autonomous willing, the three certainties - autonomous agency of the self, immortality of the self and existence of God, and the transnatural reality - and contemplative certainty. The chapter also discusses the concept of aesthetic contemplation.

Keywords:   free will, causa noumenon, free self, action, autonomous action, ought, autonomous willing, certainties, contemplative certainty, aesthetic contemplation

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