The importance of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason in the history of philosophy is matched only by its difficulty. In particular, readers are often frustrated by how difficult it is to extract Kant's arguments from his dense prose. This book reconstructs, using the tools of propositional logic, the central arguments of the Critique. In all, the book reconstructs thirty-six of Kant's arguments spanning the Transcendental Aesthetic, Transcendental Analytic, and Transcendental Dialectic. For each argument, they begin with a quote from Kant's text followed by a synopsis that explains the argument informally. Finally, each synopsis is followed by a formal reconstruction of the argument. The synopses offer examples, metaphors, historical background, and objections/responses to aid the reader in appreciating Kant's arguments. Even though many readers who approach Kant for the first time have a good philosophical vocabulary, few will understand Kant's unique lexicon. In addition to formally reconstructing Kant's arguments, the book also includes a glossary that defines the technical terms that Kant uses in his arguments. Finally, since this book is directed largely at students, Bryan Hall enlisted two of his own students to ensure that the book is maximally student friendly. In contrast to most pedagogical philosophical literature, the content of this book has been tailored by students for students.
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About the Author
Bryan Wesley Hall is assistant professor in the school of arts and letters at Indiana University Southeast.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. The Transcendental Aesthetic Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Introduction to the Transcendental Aesthetic Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Space Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Time Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Conclusions from the Transcendental Aesthetic Part 7 Part II. The Transcendental Analytic Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Introduction to the Transcendental Analytic Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Metaphysical Deduction Chapter 10 Chapter 7. The A Transcendental Deduction Chapter 11 Chapter 8. The B Transcendental Deduction Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Schematism Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Axioms and Anticipations Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Analogies of Experience Chapter 15 Chapter 12. Postulates and Refutation of Idealism Chapter 16 Chapter 13. Conclusions from the Transcendental Analytic Part 17 Part III. The Transcendental Dialectic Chapter 18 Chapter 14. Introduction to the Transcendental Dialectic Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Paralogisms Chapter 20 Chapter 16. Antinomies Chapter 21 Chapter 17. Ideal Chapter 22 Chapter 18. Conclusions from the Transcendental Dialectic Part 23 Appendix: Advice for the Student Reader Part 24 Glossary