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Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics (Серія наукових перекладів «ZETEΣIΣ»)

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Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics is a shorter work by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, published two years after the Critique of Pure Reason's 1st edition.
Prolegomena contains an overview & defense of the Critique‘s main conclusions, sometimes by arguments Kant hadn't used in the Critique. He characterizes his more accessible approach here as analytic, as op
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Published November 20th 1950 by Library of Liberal Arts/Prentice Hall (Indianapolis) (first published 1783)
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Armin No. I think Kant's intent was the other way around: because he felt that the Critique was not properly understood by his contemporaries, he…moreNo. I think Kant's intent was the other way around: because he felt that the Critique was not properly understood by his contemporaries, he subsequently published the Prolegomena as a kind of preface in order to emphasize which questions he attempts to answers in the Critique, why they are important and how he approached them. (less)
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Riku Sayuj

Hieroglyphics: A Reluctant Translation

The Prolegomena is valuable as a summarization that is intended to be less obscure and suited for popular consumption. It tries to compress Kant’s criticism of (all) previous work in metaphysics and the theory of knowledge -- first propounded in the Critique of Pure Reason, which provided a comprehensive response to early modern philosophy and a starting point for most subsequent work in philosophy.

A note on the Edition: This is a wonderful edition to appr
Dec 03, 2013 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My object is to persuade all those who think metaphysics worth studying that it is absolutely necessary to pause a moment and, disregarding all that has been done, to propose first the preliminary question, "Whether such a thing as metaphysics be at all possible?"

If it is a science, how does it happen that it cannot, like other sciences, obtain universal and permanent recognition? If not, how can it maintain its pretensions, and keep the human understanding in suspense with hopes never ceasing,
Sep 11, 2007 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kant necessitated a paradigm shift in philosophy with the Prolegomena. Prior to Kant, philosophy sought to discover and ask questions about an objective world. Kant showed that it made no sense to talk about the world without also talking about a subject through whom it filtered. The forms of human intuition, and our own conceptual framework, rightfully entered philosophy. For anyone interested in the history of the discipline, this little text (as unnecessarily difficult as it can sometimes be) ...more
Erik Graff
Mar 16, 2016 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of the Critiques
Recommended to Erik by: Cornel West
Shelves: philosophy
I'd started but not finished this supplementary polemic to the Critique of Pure Reason while working on my seminary thesis at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on 110th and Cathedral in New York City. Although some had recommended it as an easy approach to the critical project, time was short and I wanted to get through the three Critiques and all the Kant texts either cited by C.G. Jung or contained in his library at the time of his death first. I did so, then got back to this after graduation. It serv ...more
G.R. Reader
Nov 10, 2013 G.R. Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to G.R. by: My third-grade teacher
98% of all philosophers spend their professional lives bullshitting. What most people fail to appreciate about Kant is that he actually said things specific enough that they turned out to be wrong. Einstein was able to refute his claims about the nature of time and space and show they were incorrect.

How many other philosophers can say as much? Go Kant!
Jul 10, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I read on lazy Sunday afternoons.

A very concise (and almost readable!) work by Kant, summarizing and clarifying some of the monstrous and intricately detailed trails of thinking from his masterwork, The Critique of Pure Reason. Lays out the groundwork for the philosophy of science, logic, and metaphysics.
I don't get Kant, and I've never derived any pleasure from reading him.
May 05, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Kant modestly put it, no one had ever thought that the conditions for our experience could be ascertained a priori (what an exciting premise!). And so comes this book, ostensibly for the layman but in reality intended for lazy academics in the backwoods of Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad) who couldn't plough through the Critique without misunderstanding it, which is mostly a polemic answering four questions that are supposed to get us riled up for a first-hand encounter with modern philosophy's m ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kant was a pretty smart guy and maybe I'm not so smart, but I can't understand what he thought he accomplished with the Prolegomena. Kant's stated purpose was to refute Hume, who had cast doubt on the concept of causation by pointing out that we only observe one event following another and have no reason to conclude that the first caused the second. Kant's solution is posit that all sensory information is subjective. Even so basic information as the spatial and temporal orientation of objects an ...more
Reading Kant is pretty interesting. The Prolegomena is doubtless a masterful work... Kant found a totally novel way of reconciling empirical, scientific concepts with an idealistic worldview. Granted, my own perspectives are pretty far from the transcendental idealist system that he proposes, but I have massive appreciation for his insights... recognizing the lens quality of space and time, for instance.

I should note that I don't, for a minute, buy transcendental idealism. He's willing to chalk
Ahmed Elsherbiny
Apr 30, 2015 Ahmed Elsherbiny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2012 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much concur with the consensus that Kant was a spectacularly shitty writer, if an important and occasionally good philosopher, but this particular book isn't as bad as reading his other stuff, and pretty succinctly covers some very important aspects of Kant's philosophy, and what it has unfortunately spawned since.
Aug 21, 2008 Curtis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I have what I'd like to call 'the Prolegomena Paradox' as to what to read first, the Prolegomena which is meant to explain the Critique, or read the Critique, then the Prolegomena, and maybe the Critique once again. See the problem. Anyway, I have made the choice of reading this first, of course without full comprehension of the Critique, I am a bit puzzled and confused.

One of the simple points in the book is the assertion that metaphysics cannot be empirical. For the cognition, as Kant pu
CJ Bowen
"If it [metaphysics:] is a science, how does it happen that it cannot, like other sciences, obtain universal and permanent recognition?" pg. 1, pgh 256.

"Human reason so delights in construction that it has several times built up a tower and then razed it to examine the nature of the foundation. It is never too late to become reasonable and wise; but if the insight comes late, there is always more difficulty in starting the change." pg. 2, pgh 256.

"For inasmuch as our judgment cannot be corrected
Max Jackson
Jun 13, 2013 Max Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Philosophers usually think of their discipline as one which discusses perennial, eternal problems - problems which arise as soon as one reflects.” Thus Richard Rorty begins his tremendous masterpiece ‘Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature’, which is not the book I’m reviewing here(1). He(Rorty) goes on to critique/demolish this idea for 400-or-so pages, suggesting (in my mangled paraphrase) that instead we should think of philosophers (and, really, people in general) as creating particular techn ...more
Jake Beals
Having published his Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, Kant got the impression he was being grossly misunderstood (if you can believe it) by his contemporaries. To clear up any misunderstandings anyone may have, he wrote the Prolegomena as a summary/introduction to his first Critique.

I admit that I actually enjoy reading Kant. If anything, he is thorough, which means that if you don't grasp an idea the first time around you won't have to wait long for him to repeat it. Kant's writing is very meth
Kyle van Oosterum
Aug 05, 2016 Kyle van Oosterum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where Kant's work is not extremely dry but intelligible. This text was essential in promulgating his transcendental idealism which reconciled the rationalists and empiricist who are so often at odds. Kant took ideas from both of their sides and created a metaphysical system which is quite brilliant, but does require some serious attention to be able to understand it fully.
Oct 16, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm coming back to the Prolegomena after some time away from them. It's kind of odd re-reading the book because I've been focusing so much on the CPR that the organization (Kant says that the Prolegomena take a "synthetic" rather than "analytic" approach to understanding pure reason's limitations and the possibility of metaphysics) is a little strange. Perhaps I'm just used to the so-called analytic approach and therefore I should set aside the Prolegomena. But I've found that there are a few po ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read large portions of this work slightly drunk, and that either assisted my understanding or had no effect. It's definitely better taken in as a whole rather than scrutinized sentence by sentence. The man repeats himself enough that things will start coming together if you just press on. Don't ask me to explain anything. It makes sense in my head, but I can't make it come out my mouth.
Alex Lee
Jan 10, 2016 Alex Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kant writes a sort of ex post facto prelude to Critique of Pure Reason here, summing up his main points. Lots of people think Kant is wrong because his examples of space and time are wrong.

This misses the point of what Kant is saying. What he is challenging is the nature of human reason itself, showing that transcendental reasoning is not the way to go. This makes him undoubtably more complex than his successors (Fichte and Hegel for example) because both of them violate Kant's suggestions of th
May 22, 2015 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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reading Kant's Prolegomena was an incredible experience for me. I haven't yet read his Critique of Pure Understanding (which the Prolegomena summarizes), but after reading the Prolegomena, I am anxious to read the Critique.

I had read summaries of Kant's epistemology before, but this was my first experience reading Kant himself. His solution to Hume's problem of causation is absolutely brilliant--and I feel like my mind is on fire. All week, while reading it, I have been thinking about the Kant'
Sep 07, 2011 Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My appreciation for Kant has little to do with the accessibility of the writing. The philosophy is dense and readers must quickly familiarize themselves with the large vocabulary Kant creates in exploring the possibility of metaphysics. However, his argumentation is extremely convincing and it's clear by the end of the book why it is a necessary read. My thought process went something like this: "Now that I finally get what he's saying, I'm totally on board with it!"
Johannes Marks
Über die drei-Sterne-Bewertungs kann man sicherlich streiten. In Ansehung der Tatsache, dass es sich bei den Prolegomena um die Zusammenfassung der Kernpunkte aus einem der bis dato unangezweifelt wichtigsten philosophischen Werke handelt, finde ich aber auch die Frage, ob einem das Buch nun gefallen hat oder nicht, eher nebensächlich. Gelesen habe ich sie hauptsächlich, weil sie jemand in den Amazon-Bewertungen einer Zusammenfassung der Kritik der reinen Vernunft als bessere Alternative zu dem ...more
Connor Brown
Finishing it up, wanted to review before I forgot about it. Not a Kant's digest, more of an apology against misunderstandings of his Critiques, but nonetheless gives a brief view into Kant's exceptionally creative and remarkable, if technical, tussle with human cognition, understanding and finally with reason itself. I'm not sure why everyone likes to drop the old "Kant is grat, but just so Wrong", but at least this work is very engaging if you play along with the old coger and try to follow him ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Blake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge Kant fan and it's rather difficult to read. But, highly recommended for an excercise in pretension.
Jul 20, 2016 Julian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
didn't do the best reading of this, as i anticipate everything will be covered in more depth in the first critique, but good job kant on summarizing. felt he definitely rushed through a lot of big ideas here (a theism based on analogy to the unknown was of a particularly disappointing rigor) but i guess that's the point. PEL called this a dumbed down CoPR and that is what it felt like. excited for first critique. still have to keep away itching to just return to spinoza and nietzsche (or even ei ...more
Richard Epstein
Nov 15, 2013 Richard Epstein rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't, okay? Just don't.
Brian Powell
May 28, 2015 Brian Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popularly lauded as a sort of "poor man's Critique", the Prolegomena was Kant's attempt at a summary overview of the much longer, deadlier, and difficult Critique of Pure Reason. The Prolegomena is still fairly slow going, both conceptually and in terms of language (as far as language goes, think of Hume as Dr. Seuss and Kant as James Joyce). Though Kant meant it as a recap to be read after the Critique, it is widely and probably appropriately prescribed by modern thinkers as a prelude for the u ...more
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kant's philosophy has been called a synthesis of rationalism and empiricism. From rationalism he takes the idea that we can have a priori knowledge of significant truths, but rejects the idea that we can have a priori metaphysical knowledge about the nature of things in themselves, God, or the soul. From empiricism he takes the idea that knowledge is essentially knowledge of experience, but rejects the idea that we cannot learn any necessary truths about experience, and in doing so he rejects Hu ...more
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He's regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe & of the late Enlightenment. His most important work is The Critique of Pure Reason, an investigation of reason itself. It encompasses an attack on traditional metaphysics & epistemology, & highlights his own contributi ...more
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