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Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics: With Selections from the Critique of Pure Reason (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) Paperback – 1 May 1997

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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New edition edition (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521575427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521575423
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'Hatfield's translation is new … [He] handles very carefully central concepts of the Kantian text that are difficult to translate … It can be highly recommended especially for university courses.' Konstantin Pollok, University of Marburg, Kant-Studien

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This new translation of Kant's Prolegomena, which is the best introduction to his philosophy, also includes selections from the Critique of Pure Reason, which fill out and explicate some of his central arguments. The volume is completed by a historical and philosophical introduction, explanatory notes, a chronology and a guide to further reading.

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These prolegomena are not for the use of apprentices, but of future teachers, and indeed are not to help them to organize the presentation of an already existing science, but to discover this science itself for the first time. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Purcell on 13 Jan. 2003
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Prolegomena is basically Kant's simplified version of his "Critique of Pure Reason". It's not an easy read, but you don't need a degree in philosophy to understand it and it is essential reading for anyone interested in space and time, or in the question of what we can know and how we can know it.
The really great thing about Prolegomena, as with Critique of Pure Reason, is that it is highly logical; there are no "smoke and mirrors" or unsubstantiated opinions here. You can read it side by side with any book on modern theoretical physics to the advantage of both approaches; equally, anyone who is inclined to a religious disposition but also likes to be highly logical will find this book very interesting reading. Kant takes questions like "do we have free will" and "is there a God?" and essentially solves them once and for all, at least to his own satisfaction - but you might not like the answers.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
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The Antinomies are too complex and mysterious to the instrument of Reason: this is why one should be so enthusiastic to end It [i.e. the Reason] through Aleister Crowley's " Liber OS ABYSMI vel DAATH," which will cause a replacement of It with Ultimately Higher Faculties.
The Reason has been proved to be so droolingly absurd by Kant in his boring literary form. He needs an upgrade via activation of the Poetical Faculties -- I am not here speaking of the former paragraph's identity of expression. His style is so sublimely shown to be in an opposed functioning with most other philosophical books.
An excellent method to become a Subjective Idealist is propounded here in this treatise.
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If the Critique scares the bejeezus out of you... 15 Nov. 2000
By Wessels - Published on Amazon.com
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For the serious student of Philosophy this work should just serve as a bridge into the justifiably intimidating Critique of Pure Reason. That being said,
For those who are gunshy about the first critique, this book is an extremely good introduction to Kant's Metaphysics. It does not give the depth of full critique but gives you the general thrust of the direction that he is going in his Philosophical activity and introduces the concepts that were essential to the critique. (the transcendental ego of apperception, the antinomies of reason, etc.) In this smaller production Kant is much less intimidating. His style is still fairly circuitous, and he is virtually incapable of sussinctly summarizing himself, but take it for what you will.
also, I'm not sure what the guy beneath me is talking about. I'm really not. But it should be noted that Kant's variety of idealism should be called critical idealism rather than subjective idealism. The latter is misleading and fails to make the distinction between Kant's philosophy and that of Berkley or Descartes.
Three Stars 23 Jun. 2015
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Required for school. Kept my attention while in class.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The "Critique of Pure Reason" ...refined and clarified!! 25 July 2001
By BT - Published on Amazon.com
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...Kant himself wrote this to clarify the excruciatingly convoluted paragraphs of the agonizing "Critique". This is Kant's groundbreaking Transcendental Idealism written in his own words as clearly and concisely as possible! to all you philosophy enthusiasts...ENJOY!
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. 14 Jun. 1999
By Eheieh Ain Soph (mariano@mail.icongrp.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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The Antinomies are too complex and mysterious to the instrument of Reason: this is why one should be so enthusiastic to end It [i.e. the Reason] through Aleister Crowley's " Liber OS ABYSMI vel DAATH," which will cause a replacement of It with Ultimately Higher Faculties.
The Reason has been proved to be so droolingly absurd by Kant in his boring literary form. He needs an upgrade via activation of the Poetical Faculties -- I am not here speaking of the former paragraph's identity of expression. His style is so sublimely shown to be in an opposed functioning with most other philosophical books.
An excellent method to become a Subjective Idealist is propounded here in this treatise.
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