The Critique of Pure Reason

The Critique of Pure Reason

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by Immanual Kant
     
 

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The Critique of Pure Reason is one of the most important philosophical texts ever written. Like Copernicus, Kant dared to question the ordinary perspective from which we habitually view the world.

Kant's moderate form of skepticism is known as "transcendental idealism," and its primary tenet is that we cannot know things as they are in themselves

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The Critique of Pure Reason is one of the most important philosophical texts ever written. Like Copernicus, Kant dared to question the ordinary perspective from which we habitually view the world.

Kant's moderate form of skepticism is known as "transcendental idealism," and its primary tenet is that we cannot know things as they are in themselves because we only know things as they appear to us. His thesis had a monumental influence on the culture of the last two centuries, giving rise to cultural movements and theoretical approaches including: German Idealism, Romanticism, Modernism, Marxism, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, and even Quantum Physics.

About the Author:
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has been caricatured as a stiff German professor, whose Stoic habits were so predictable that the people of Königsberg, his hometown, could set their clocks by his daily walks. Kant's life is best described as a heroic struggle to discover order within chaos or, better, an effort to fix human thought and behavior within it proper limits. He lived and worked during the Enlightenment, a time when political, religious, and intellectual freedom erupted across the Western world

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Kenneth R. Winkle
Eric Watkins has done a fine job of abridging the Critique to a manageable size while preserving those sections most often assigned in a survey course, including enough of the Analytic to provide a continuous argument. Students will get a good sense of the whole from the parts he includes. I recommend it enthusiastically.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780460019095
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1979
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Kemp Smith (1872-1958) lectured at Princeton and was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the University of Edinburgh.

Howard Caygill is Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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The Critique of Pure Reason 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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John Cook More than 1 year ago
Most insightful work of the critique of the origins of reason. A classic and must read whether you agree with him or not.
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The last time I checked, Hegel did not write The Critique of Pure Reason. But hey, close enough, right?