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The Critique of Pure Reason

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A pivotal piece of philosophical literature, "The Critique of Pure Reason" is quite likely Immanuel Kant's greatest work. Kant was a professor of philosophy in the German city of Konisberg during the late 1700s. It was during that time that he penned several works based on his philosophical beliefs of which the greatest is often considered to be this work. Considered by ma ...more
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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, eternally sixty years old, who is often seen in his
Jan 13, 2014 Manny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in Big Ideas
Recommended to Manny by: Hermann Weyl

Turgid, dogmatic, overrated and well past its sell-by.


As 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 tells us that time and space are not things; but Eins
The CPR - it has the initials it does for a reason. Many brave souls have perished trying to climb this sucker. But if you make it to the top, I guarantee you that there can be no more illuminating perspective to reward your efforts. This is one of those summits that offers incomparable prospects - as well as revealing something about what it means to have a prospect at all. In so doing, it transforms the understanding of all other perspectives. Here lies a powerful key to all philosophy.

This i
Jan 12, 2008 Charissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have dropped enough acid to find it amusing
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 nature, and cursed with the precision of having b
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 illusion". And then he told me the whole story of Chitty ...more
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 based not only on experience, but on a priori concept ...more
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 misunderstand Kant, and by misunderstanding him, discov
Jul 28, 2008 Tyler rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Academics & Philosophy Majors Only
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Parts and pieces of this master work intrigued and enlightened me, but Kant's overall proposal escapes my grasp. After reading through it, I can see why no univocal interpretation of the text can ever be possible.

The troubling aspect of Critique is its complexity. No explanatory system should demand an exegesis so convoluted, using so much idiosyncratic language, and terminating in so many loose ends and vagaries. Intended to explain the world of experience, among other things, this book instead
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 magnum opus—constitutes one of the most inventive, meticul
Un renard affamé, voyant des grappes de raisin pendre à une treille, voulut les attraper ; mais ne pouvant y parvenir, il s’éloigna en se disant à lui-même : « ils sont trop verts ». Pareillement, certains hommes, ne pouvant mener à bien leurs affaires en raison de leurs capacités en accusent les circonstances.

J’ai été longtemps comme le renard d’Esope, vis-à-vis de la Critique de la Raison Pure de Kant, principalement rebuté par l’obscurité du texte lorsqu’il m’arrivait de le feuilleter.

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how to review CPR? there are various ways of reviewing books, according to dogmatic method of review our writing deal to the book exactly as it is, that Kant calls dogmatic method when one claims that he fully explored every component of book and has absolute knowledge of it.
tradition of dogmatic reviews is dominated in western tradition, there is also a sceptical claims such david hume's, who denied every possibility of knowing book, that method of writing is so dangerous because it denied of e
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 the Pre-Critical writings first, otherwise you wi ...more
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 and experience. It is such a chore to wade through
Jacob Stubbs
In this monumental work, Kant critiques Hume's empiricism, thereby sparking a "Copernican Revolution in philosophy". In doing this, Kant creates two realities, the phenomenal and the noumenal and shows that everything man perceives is an imposition of the human mind, thereby creating this phenomenal (experienced reality). In doing this, Kant refutes the cosmological (first cause), teleological (argument from design) and ontological arguments for the existence of God, showing that all of these ar ...more
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 you want about such thing, and however convincing yo
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.
Sheer genius alone is why this book deserves five stars, from all readers. I mean seriously, look at the giant noggin on the cover of the book. It's comparable only to Lenin.

That said, in a letter to a friend, Kant confessed that this book was the culmination of twelve years of deep thought, and only five to six months of rapid writing with “no concern” for the readers’ leisure. I don’t think it’s too presumptuous to state, that the deeper one delves into the book, the murkier the writing become

My dissertation project investigates the contradictory perceptions of temporality on the construction site of a renewable energy plant in Abu Dhabi. I am mainly interested in understanding how an apocalyptic environmental time becomes woven together with capitalist time, a time of continuous progress, rationalization and exact knowledge. I explore how architects, engineers and researchers imagine a technologically enhanced space that does not yet fully exist, within a
لفترة طويلة من حياتي كنت معجبا بالعقلانية و ميالا لها حتي قرأت هذا الكتاب
من اول سطر و كانط بلغة رائعة و منطق بسيط جدا يدخل مباشرة في الموضوع و يناقش محدودية العقل من اوجه مختلفة اوضح الكتاب نقاط الضعف في العقلانية و فندها ووضع الفلسفة وقتها في مأزق
فبعد ان ادعت الفلسفة وقتها (نهاية الاسئلة) و الادراك التام اعادها نقد كانط مرة اخري الي حيرة التساؤل عن الاسئلة الاساسية

Dec 18, 2013 Geoff marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Well shitballs. Manny's frequent tantalizing updates, pretty much Nathan's entire existence on this site, and Žižek's constant referring back to it have convinced me that this is an unavoidable book. So a copy is now in my hands.
Nov 16, 2012 Szplug marked it as intermittently-reading  ·  review of another edition
I feel slightly less daunted wandering amidst the erector-set superstructures of this absolute beast of undeniably brilliantly constructed and equally undeniably viscously expressed thought.
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Pierre E. Loignon
Au lieu de commencer à philosopher en lisant les auteurs de notre siècle afin d'obtenir du succès en faisant de beaux papiers à la mode, Karl Jaspers, dans son Introduction à la philosophie, conseillait aux néophytes d’aller d’abord lire Platon et Kant. Bien que la lecture de Kant sera grandement facilité par celle de Leibniz et de Hume, mais aussi d'Aristote, de Descartes, de Spinoza, de Berkeley et de Locke, je souscris assez bien à l'opinion de Jaspers. Et, de fait, tous les philosophes vraim ...more
Roger Burk
I don't know how many people other than professors of philosophy have actually read this book in toto, but I'm one of them. It seems a little bit like the work of a crackpot who can't stop talking about his System that Explains Everything, but lodged in among the impenetrable verbiage are some startling and original ideas. His notion that reality is not necessarily anything like our wired-in way of perceiving it was amazingly confirmed by quantum physics. He also concludes that human reason just ...more
محمد ناصر
ما قرأت هو نقض العقل المحض ترجمة موسى وهبي في الحقيقة إن الكتاب يبرز جهدا كبيرا قام به المؤلف أعني كانط إلا أن المشروع الذي توخى تشييده فيه انهار قبل أن تبنى أركانه وذلك لوقوع كانط وبشكل واضح أسيرا لإشكالات ديفيد هيوم المشاغبية ولخلطه بين التعقل والتخيل بنحو فاضح ولسيطرة حالة القلق من الوقوع بمثالية باركلي التي وقع فيها وإن بشكل مختلف في الحقيقة إن كانط رجل مفكر وله أفكار جديرة بالتأمل ولكن لا يرقى لأن يكون فيلسوفا فضلا أن يعد في مصاف أرسطو حاله حال ديكارت الذي اعلي شأنه زورا ككثير من المتفلسفة ...more
This is one of my favorite works from Kant. Kant is one of he most direct philosophers in my humble opinion: he states what he wants to state clearly, then proceeds to explain it. Whatever people interpret (and his contradictions) is another story... But hey, you don't have to rummage through a philosopher's entire works to look for his philosophy of history! Good news for history students.

This book is divided into several sections, that on the whole summarize his philosophy of history. Nature (
By "finished", I mean only that I've read it in its entirety for the first time. Fortunately, I've marked my copy up with so many markers and notes, it will serve as an excellent reference guide from here on out. Since I read it thoroughly and as minutely as possible the first time (especially the excruciating deduction), I won't be immediately rereading it. But I will be going back through and briefly reviewing sections I feel the need to. And then I'm off to see him apply all of this as a foun ...more
Sep 16, 2012 wigwam marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
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9/16 - I read straight through the intros and first 400 pages and then had to gloss a lot of the tables and dual column appendices which were over my head, by which point I was sorta lost for the last few sections which I could only take as reiterating the aspects of the first half.

All that I think I really understood of this was the distinction between a priori/transcendental reason and empirical/analytical reason, with more and more miniscule distinctions being made which I'm unsure what argum
Erik Graff
Oct 28, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who's prepared
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
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 past seminally containing all of the future. In pr ...more
Kant, with this book, attempted to do what Locke had done: examine how philosophy should be conducted based on if it can be conducted at all. Locke's method ended in the so-called "graveyard of Hume", where knowledge became prejudice, and prejudice, or sentiment, our one and only guiding thread to reality (one can see how this particularized irrational guidance, when generalized, becomes Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand"). To this, Kant put on his cape, and with the resilience and fortitude of a sto ...more
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from the Prussian city of Königsberg (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 ow ...more
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