Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

Critique of Pure Reason

Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Riga: J. F. Hartknoch, 1781), 856 pp. 2nd (B) ed: 1787. [A-edition (Ak. 4:5-252); B-edition (Ak. 3:2-552)]. “Critique of Pure Reason.” Translated by Norman Kemp Smith (Macmillan 1929). Translated by Werner Pluhar (Indianapolis: Hackett 1996). Translated by Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood in Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, edited by Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood (Cambridge University Press, 1997).“In the curre...

Details Critique of Pure Reason

TitleCritique of Pure Reason
Release DateFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherCambridge University Press
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Classics, European Literature, German Literature

Reviews Critique of Pure Reason

  • Manny
    ThesisTurgid, dogmatic, overrated and well past its sell-by.ProofAs Einstein exasperatedly said: if Kant had only been able to stop pontificating about the nature of time and space, he might actually have discovered something interesting about them. Einstein, with considerable justification, felt that he had refuted Kant, and was surprised to find that philosophers were reluctant to accept his claim. To me, it seems clear-cut. Kant repeatedly tel...
  • David
    Immanuel Kant is the kind of guy who not only sucks all of the joy out of life; he takes great pleasure in opening the spigot of your happiness-tank and watching it all spill out onto the burn-out lawn and sink into the earth -- seeping toward the planet's molten, pitiless core and, thereupon, toward its irrevocable dissipation. If he were alive today, I suggest to you that Kant's corporeal manifestation would be that of a paunchy, balding man, e...
  • Elena Holmgren
    “...Reason should take on anew the most difficult of all its tasks, namely, that of self-knowledge, and to institute a court of justice, by which reason may secure its rightful claims while dismissing all its groundless pretensions, and this not by mere decrees but according to its own eternal and unchangeable laws; and this court is none other than the critique of pure reason itself.” Kant's critical turn shows that the problem of self-knowl...
  • G.R. Reader
    When I was about seven, my favorite movie was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mom was dating this philosophy professor who was writing a book on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. One day, I asked him what it was about, and he told me it was just like Chitty. It was a kind of magic car that - I can still remember his words - "was able to drive on the roads of sensation, float on the water of concepts, and even fly above the sea of transcendental illusio...
  • Roy Lotz
    It is done. I have finally scaled the sheer surface of this work. It involved continual toil, sweat, and suffering—falling down and picking myself up again. But, when you reach the end, when your eyes finally hit the bottom of that final paragraph, the feeling is momentous. You can stand and look down at the steep drop you managed to climb, and reflect with satisfaction that this mountain is one of the tallest. This is an Everest of a book.That...
  • Charissa
    I just Kant stand him.Seriously though... why does so much Western philosophy remind me of arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? I swear, these gentlemen had their panties wrapped so tightly I don't know how they ever took a proper dump.The problem with Kant (aside from how much he enjoyed listening to the sound of his own voice droning on and on) is that he was irretrievably mired in a Christian world-view, separated from...
  • kaelan
    Both frightfully obscure and logically scrupulous, Kant functions sort of like a philosophical litmus test. Many a metaphysical charlatan (Lacan, Žižek, et. al.) has aped his mystifying prose-style without any attempt to match his rigour. And meanwhile, the most provincial of the analytic camp, unduly equating "abstruseness" with "bullshit," write him off as a mere historical oddity.But the truth of the matter is that the Critique—Kant's magn...
  • Luís C.
    Today, everyone pretends to be Kantian, and few have dared to read it. It is true that among the philosophers there is Kant and the others. It is a difficult philosopher (even if the Critique of the Faculty of Judging is still a relative difficulty) by the subtleties of his language and the blunders of his translators; nevertheless, contrary to what one could say above, everything was said, he never wanted to say more, to go further. After closin...
  • Erik Graff
    With adolescence came nihilistic thoughts of suicide. The reasoning was simple. The public schools and an early interest in the sciences had led me to believe that we are part of an ordered universe, the parts of which are finite, the rules of which are determinable. Like an eighteenth century philosophe, I believed the hypothesis of a creative entity outside of the system, a deity, to be unnecessary. In principle, everything was determined, the ...
  • Jenny Park
    immanuel kant is by farrrrr the world's most precise philosopher... EVER! haha.. this text, like many philosophical texts out there... was really dry.. and um.. long. but there's definitely a reason why this one's regarded as one of the greatest philosophical pieces out there. so the book's premise in a nutshell... noone can argue FOR or AGAINST an afterlife/God. he also digs into the idea that our understanding of the world and our ideas are bas...
  • Christopher
    Parsing this carefully is exhilarating. At least it was for me. It made me feel like my brain was growing. You may disagree with the system, but the argument is a marvel. Required reading.
  • Crito
    It's recommended to have at least read Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, and Hume before reading this. And since reading this is a skeleton key of sorts to all philosophy since Kant, he's in this really interesting point between two eras of philosophy. Some of what makes him hard to follow at first is that which defines his approach to philosophy, which is intensely meticulous and methodical, yet laid out plainly. And after you start apprecia...
  • Michael Kress
    I read a 224 page abridged version first, so I got to double down on some of the most important parts and get a deeper understanding of this laborious read. I spent a lot of time reading pre and post-Kantian philosophy, as well as two short books by Kant himself, in order to prep for this. If you are new to philosophy and metaphysics, don't just dive right into this. Check out some of the major figures who are easier to understand than Kant. You'...
  • Anthony
    I'm trying to decide whether or not I get it.Sometimes I think I have just understood a passage of Kant only to discover that I have actually just been having my own thoughts pertaining to something or other in the content of the passage, and this is sometimes rewarding, but it is nevertheless not exactly what I intended to accomplish.Say Kant is writing about perception or being, and say I misunderstand Kant-- what exactly happens when I misun...
  • HappyHarron
    Lit as fuck
  • Giorgi
    how to review CPR? there are various ways of reviewing books, dogmatic review is one of them. according to this method our writings deal to the text exactly as it is, that is what Kant calls dogmatic method. in that cease one claims that he fully explored every component of book and has absolute knowledge of it.tradition of dogmatic reviews was dominated in western review tradition, but there are other ways too. there is a sceptical review such D...
  • Erik
    My advice for anyone beginning the K.d.r.V. is to maintain your independence of judgment. Don't get buried in the terminology, the secondary literature or your own obsessions or reasons for approaching the book. Try to think through what Kant is saying and bring before your mind all of the possibilities for what he could mean, then eliminate them one by one, until you have arrived at your reading of the Kritik. I would encourage doing Leibniz and...
  • Mitch
    it only gets better the more you read it
  • Josh
    I am not going to attempt to provide a run down of this book, since at over 700 pages of dense and meticulous argumentation, I would not be able to do it justice. However, I will touch on some of what I consider the most important points raised.The book is incredibly dense, but very well written on the whole. Kant is rigorous in both how he structures chapters to lead onto one another nicely and his argumentation itself. Slow and careful reading ...
  • Archetech
    This is a great work. Nearly all philosophy after has been a reaction to it or an outgrowth from it. One cannot tell if this is because Kant was truly so influential or because he saw with such depth and unity the fruitful course philosophy would take. The language can be daunting and exhausting. It is, however, precise and if one can follow the concepts in it, it works almost like a dry poetry that seems to lay bare the foundations of knowledge ...
  •  Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ
    I thank God for sending Kant to the world, and for everything Kant had brought into the world. It's impossible to imagine what the world is like without him. Kant is not just a hero. He's a prophet of the new age; age of reason.Kant was one of the first philosophers who think about the very process of thinking. He showed us how the human mind and cognitive structure were set up such that we know anything at all. Kant also postulated a different w...
  • Trond
    Kant: The Duracell Bunny of philosophy. - Being thorough is one thing, but he is at times annoyingly repetitive – as when, after having gone through every aspect of the four antinomies, every time that he subsequently mentions them, he has to repeat them, all four of them, sometimes even both thesis and antithesis. It actually seems somewhat compulsive, and it certainly is annoying, but also interesting if looked at in a Freudian way. - There i...
  • Taymaz Azimi
    Finally! No... I have not 'actually' finished it. I finished 'Transcendental Doctrine of Elements,' which is what we generally talk about, when we talk about Critique of Pure Reason.Well, this book is extraordinary. During the last 4 months it has been constantly impacting my mind, even in a very personal and daily levels. I would say this book is the most influential text I have ever read in my. But it doesn't mean that I necessarily agree with ...
  • Rick Sam
    Kant is systematic, thorough. I like his way of writing. He is intense, And dense, part of the reasons is because of concepts, definitions. However, I do not think he is the most difficult writer. The brilliant, deepest thinker so far I know is Jonathan Edwards. Kant is crucial to modern Philosophy, definitely worth reading his piece if you enjoy Philosophy. The important things I learnt from this book was that, Knowledge we gain is systematized ...
  • Fran Globlek
    I'd recommend this book to anyone who takes thinking seriously. If you don't have enough time, just read the 1. and 3. part, the Transcendental Aesthetic and the Transcendental Dialectic.The writing is horrible, sentences usually have 100+ words, but the ideas are phenomenal! (...and noumenal? heh!)You'll see how this man PROVED arguing about the existance of God, soul or anything of the like is pointless and how you can say and prove anything yo...
  • Erin
    I think that there should be a philosophy book on everyone's favorite book shelf and Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" is mine. Poetic, prophetic and achingly, simply complex. I had a professor once that would say "universal" every time we discussed this book the same way that some people say "God". That's what it's like.
  • Julian
    mixed feelings. probably an evil book. would love to discuss with someone"It is necessary to remove the very root of these objections which lies in the nature of human reason; and how can we remove it unless we allow it freedom, thus reveal itself to our eyes, so that we may afterwards destroy it with its very root?"