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In this book, Bryan Wesley Hall breaks new ground in Kant scholarship, exploring the gap in Kants Critical philosophy in relation to his post-Critical work by turning to Kants final, unpublished work, the so-called Opus Postumum. Although Kant considered this project to be the keystone of his philosophical efforts, it has been largely neglected by scholars. Hall argues that only by understanding the Opus Postumum can we fully comprehend both Kants mature view as well as his Critical project.
In letters from 1798, Kant claims to have discovered a gap in the Critical philosophy that requires effecting a transition from the metaphysical foundations of natural science to physics ; unfortunately, Kant does not make clear exactly what this gap is or how the transition is supposed to fill the gap. To resolve these issues, Hall draws on the Opus Postumum, arguing that Kants transition project can solve certain perennial problems with the Critical philosophy. This volume provides a powerful alternative to all current interpretations of the Opus Postumum, arguing that Kants transition project is best seen as the post-Critical culmination of his Critical philosophy. Hall carefully examines the deep connections between the Opus Postumum and the view Kant develops in the Critique of Pure Reason, to suggest that properly understanding the post-Critical Kant will significantly revise our view of Kants Critical period.