- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Rev Ed edition (29 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140447474
- ISBN-13: 978-0140447477
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 29 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His comprehensive and profound thinking on aesthetics, ethics and knowledge has had an immense impact on all subsequent philosophy.
Marcus Weigelt's lucid reworking of Max Müller's classic translation makes the critique accessible to a new generation of readers, while his informative introduction places the work in context and elucidates Kant's main arguments.
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The difference between translations in their use of words is not the only difference. The Critique was published in two editions and it is usual to combine the two and here's the difficulty: each translation orders the paragraphs from the two editions (A and B) in a slightly ways, as it seems to me. So to compare Guyer and Smith Kemp's translations is not so easy as they each choose the sequence of combining the two editions that seems to them most comprehensible. Weigelt uses italics to differentiate the first editions (A) from the second (B).Read more ›
This `consciousness' assents to specific modes of conduct, as in the `moral' law of behaviour (good, honest and positive actions), `amoral' and `immoral' (bad and negative actions). These moral laws are also driven by religious aspirations in some who assume the existence of a `Superior Being' or God, and are subjective to God's will. In metaphysics, morality and religion are not within the boundary of knowledge and lie in the region of faith, and so Kant brings into question the theory that there may not be a God, after all, and ultimately the concept that the soul cannot exist for how can a substance that is `not matter' (the soul) be contained `in matter' (the body)?Read more ›
I've never noticed before how rich Kant is. He is not a dry academic and, although he lived a very dull exterior life, his inward world was rich and full of wonder and depth. Yes, he seemed to have misread Swedenborg - but the very fact he engaged Swedenborg might historically be more important that what he said.
This penguin edition has a twofold pleasure: you can take it to the beach, on the train and it looks like a penguin classic. Only you know you hold one of the masterpieces of western philosophy in your hands.
If you can gain just a few hours of pure intellectual joy in reading this edition then you have shared my experience. It is time we took philosophy back from the sterile halls of professionalism and gave it back to the well educated working person.
A marvel and pleasure to read.
Sadly, many people can also confuse terribly bad writing with deep philosophy. In fact, Arthur Schopenhauer wrote that because of Kant's hardness, conmen shouldered their way into the philosophy departments and babbled nonsense and people didn't notice because, to the average mind, genius and nonsense are intertwined.
A genius will be outside the range of normal people and so what the genius has to say will seem like nonsense anyway and if we take into account Kant's fear of death leading him to not care about the pleasing nature of prose and style, even though his book is a work of genius, then it is even more tragic that people think that because of Kant's bad style, all bad writers are genius'!
To me, top mathematicians scribble lines on the board. I can't judge if they are just clowning about or if they are writing proper maths. My mind can't begin to make sense of those symbols and squiggles. However, a maths genius can tell the difference. Schopenhauer wrote that it was the same with the philosophy of Kant. The entire neo kantian movement consisted of those like me. Goethe said of Kant's genius that it was like a boat making a clearing in the water but the water closes after the boat passes. Genius leaves no trace.Read more ›
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A central reference point in understanding modern philosophy in both the analytic and Continental traditions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martin
To start with this can be an amusing book: as humans we are subject to a world in which anything, and its opposite, can be proven, often leading to absurd results! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rupert St John Webster
Critique of Pure Reason is one of those books that literally changes your life, leaving a lasting impression upon the way you think and act. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard James Rogers
Regarding the translation: if we think of translations as sitting on the usual sliding scale of literalness on one end and readability on the other, then this translation appears... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by Cyril Smith