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Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason': A Reader's Guide
by James Luchte
Continuum's Reader's Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to classic works of philosophy. Each book explores the major themes, historical and philosophical context and key passages of a major philosophical text, guiding the reader toward a thorough understanding of often demanding material. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published January 1st 2007)
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You can do better than this book for a guide to Kant's Critique. Do the blurbs promise something "clear and concise"? Don't get your hopes up on that count. This is an academic who has completely forgotten how to write clearly, who deliberately wraps up his meaning in thick layers of verbiage. For example, "With the dissolution of the paradox, to his satisfaction, we are confronted with the raw facticity of Kant amid his lifeworld." Or try this on for size: "Bataille situates the dominion of rea ...more
I probably judge this book unfairly because its title gave me the wrong impression. I believed when I consulted this book that it would *guide* me, the *reader*, through the arduous task of reading The Critique of Pure Reason, and I further fancied that a *reader's guide* to something as impenetrably dense as Kant's magnum opus would be primarily concerned with chewing up the hard chunks of near unreadable prose and regurgitating back for the reader's benefit as though they were a helpless fledg ...more