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Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Immanuel Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but is also one of the most difficult. In this illuminating Very Short Introduction, Roger Scruton—a well-known and controversial philosopher in his own right—tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

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Overview

Immanuel Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but is also one of the most difficult. In this illuminating Very Short Introduction, Roger Scruton—a well-known and controversial philosopher in his own right—tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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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"Roger Scruton faced perhaps the most intractable task of all in giving an elementary account of Kant's philosophy... but he does it extremely elegantly and neatly."—Listener
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801999
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/6/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 451,323
  • Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Roger Scruton is a well-known philosopher and the author of The Aesthetics of Music and a co-author of German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche.

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Table of Contents

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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
8 Transcendental philosophy 129
Further reading 133
Index 137
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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    A very accessible introduction to Kant

    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.

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