Critique of Pure Reason (Werner S. Pluhar translation) / Edition 1by Immanuel Kant
Pub. Date: 11/01/1996
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Like Werner Pluhar's distinguished translation of Critique of Judgment (Hackett Publishing Co., 1987), this new rendering of Critique of Pure Reason reflects the elegant achievement of a master translator. This richly annotated volume offers translations of the complete texts of both the First (A) and Second (B) editions, as well as Kant's own notes./i>/i>
Like Werner Pluhar's distinguished translation of Critique of Judgment (Hackett Publishing Co., 1987), this new rendering of Critique of Pure Reason reflects the elegant achievement of a master translator. This richly annotated volume offers translations of the complete texts of both the First (A) and Second (B) editions, as well as Kant's own notes. Extensive editorial notes by Werner Pluhar and James Ellington supply explanatory and terminological comments, translations of Latin and other foreign expressions, variant readings, cross-references to other passages in the text and in other writings of Kant, and references to secondary works. An extensive bibliography, glossary, and detailed index are included.
Patricia Kitcher's illuminating Introduction provides a roadmap to Kant's abstract and complex argumentation by firmly locating his view in the context of eighteenth-century--and current--attempts to understand the nature of the thinking mind and its ability to comprehend the physical universe.
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Anyone who is interested in Philosophy needs to read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Why do I make this demand? Because you will marvel at learning about the ideality of space and time, and how the world conforms to our ways of knowing, and not vice-versa. Sure, you might not believe Kant, or agree with his arguments, but, the intellectual pleasure that you will receive from this work will last your entire life. A pleasure that will resonate within you every moment you look at the stars showing themselves serenely, at a clock that makes you wonder if this hand really moves, or at the sea sad and salty, wondering, if what happened yesterday really happens tomorrow at the same time as today. However, the most important thing about Kant is that it will prepare you for Schopenhauer, and a better understanding of his view that the world (noumena) is will, and how he comes to that conclusion despite Kant's skepticism at ever having knowledge of the thing-in-itself.
For intellectual exercise, you will be hard pressed to find a more challenging read. Kant, a popular German professor and lecturer strives to prove through logic the differences and existence of 2 kinds of knowledge: 1) knowledge gained from experience~a posteriori and 2) knowledge not gained through experience~ a priori and it is on the second kind that he focuses his proofs.