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Library JournalAt the cusp of the 19th century, German philosopher Immanuel Kant created a sensation in the arena of Western thought by expounding a moral philosophy that treated a priori principles and sense experiences as dual sides of the coin of reality. His personal life was far more prosaic, impressive for its sheer smallness: he never traveled far beyond his birthplace, was a man of legendarily regular habits, and created no scandals. Guyer (philosophy, Univ. of Pennsylvania), who has treated Kantian ideas in a host of texts (e.g., The Cambridge Companion to Kant), here addresses his subject's intellectual development, having worked through the bare facts of his daily life in the first chapter. Each chapter ends with well-considered recommended reading for further understanding. Scholarly in tone but straightforward in narrative construct, this is an excellent overview for readers in need of a refresher on Kantian philosophy or wanting the big picture into which to insert the details. Essential for scholars and accessible to motivated undergraduates.