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Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is arguably the single most important work in western philosophy. The book introduces and assesses:
* Kant's life and background of the
Critique of Pure Reason
* the ideas and text of the Critique of Pure Reason
* the continuing relevance of Kant's work to contemporary philosophy.
Ideal for anyone coming to Kant's thought for the first time. This guide will be vital reading for all students of Kant in philosophy.
|1||The problem of metaphysics||1|
|2||The possibility of objects||27|
|3||How are synthetic a priori judgements possible? (The Introduction)||51|
|4||The sensible conditions of objects (The Aesthetic)||65|
|6||The conceptual conditions of objects (The Analytic)||115|
|7||Unknowable objects (The Dialectic)||209|
|8||The meaning of transcendental idealism||269|
|9||The complete Critical system (The Canon of Pure Reason)||307|
|10||The reception and influence of the Critique||327|
Posted November 21, 2014
if you have a great professor standing in the room explaining CPR and got it all down in book form, this would be it. The style is just slightly informal, and the professor acknowledges that CPR is a hard read and there are seldom any clear and certain explanations. It is therefore tough to write a short guidebook to CPR, but this is well done. However, I have two minor quibbles. First, in order to keep it short, there are somewhat fewer direct quotes from CPR than might be convenient. Second, there is a whiff of modern interpretations that Kant would not have intended. Now, this is not always bad, and in fact I might welcome an attempt to consolidate Kant in an outright attempt at a modern interpretation, but that would not necessarily be this handbook. Finally a note on the physical form factor of the book - it is small and thick, and the inner margin is so narrow you nearly need to break the spine to read it! That all said, it is an excellent overall aid to reading CPR.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2002
This is clearly one of the most in depth commentaries on Kant's 1st Critique. Kant's arguments are adeptly outlined. Serious controversies are noted and, for the most part, are up to date. The index is very helpful. If I were to read the Critique for the 1st time I'd have this book right by my side. If I were to write an article about some complicated passage, I'd start research with this book 1st and move out from there. It's a great place to begin if you need secondary literature and a concise overview of the CPR. S.G. has done some excellent research and lays things out sometimes (I think I can safely say) much better than Kant himself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.