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Scruton explains the background of Kant's thought, his conceptions of Transcendental Idealism and Categorical Imperative, and his original contribution to the philosphy of art.
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|1||Life, works, and character||1|
|2||The background of Kant's thought||16|
|3||The transcendental deduction||32|
|4||The logic of illusion||54|
|5||The categorical imperative||73|
|6||Beauty and design||96|
|7||Enlightenment and law||112|
Posted January 29, 2011
Kant is one of those modern philosophers whose presence looms large over much of what has been achieved over the past couple of centuries in modern philosophy, and yet he is not very likely to be read in most introductory philosophy classes. Part of the difficulty lies with Kant's highly technical and oftentimes convoluted use of language, which gave even his contemporaries who were native German speakers some difficulties. The philosophers and scholars have since had a chance to debate, oftentimes vehemently, the "true" meaning of Kant's works and it is unlikely that those debates will end any time soon. With such formidable baggage, it would be very difficult for an absolute novice in philosophy to just plunge into Kant's work and start reading it on its own. A good first exposition by an expert is invaluable and this thin volume serves exactly such purpose. It does a remarkable job of delineating the scope of Kant's thought and bringing this philosopher to life for the new generation of readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.