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The Critique of Pure Reason

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Metaphysicians have for centuries attempted to clarify the nature of the world and how rational human beings construct their ideas of it. Materialists believed that the world (including its human component) consisted of objective matter, an irreducible substance to which qualities and characteristics could be attributed. Mindthoughts, ideas, and perceptionswas viewed as a ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Prometheus Books (first published 1781)
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Mary Kant is not an "easy read". He uses advanced, very technical, and archaic terminology. However, the work is translated from the original German into…moreKant is not an "easy read". He uses advanced, very technical, and archaic terminology. However, the work is translated from the original German into English, so the translator has the opportunity to "modernize" the text to some extent. Even given that, though, the technical nature of the basic text requires advanced English and some odd word choices to make sure that the technical meaning is not lost.

In addition, the sentences are not short and to the point. They are long and contain many subjunctive clauses, so you must be careful in following them.

None-the-less, this work is an absolute world-historical achievement in humankind's effort to understand and advance our conception of the world and our place in it. It is VERY well worth the effort to read and understand it.(less)
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Jul 01, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 17, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those philosophical summits that offers an incomparably comprehensive prospect, as well as revealing something about what it means to have a perspective at all. In so doing, it transforms the understanding of all other perspectives. Kant does nothing less in this work than introduce a new starting point for thought. And since where we start predetermines the possibilities of where we can end up, a sound, new starting point is an ultimate instrument for thought that reshapes our us ...more
Jan 12, 2008 Charissa rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jan 01, 2014 G.R. Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 was melodramatic, but only a little. The Critique o
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Apr 06, 2015 Nathan "N.R." Gaddis added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leibniz, Hume, Locke, and Descartes
Recommended to Nathan "N.R." by: Hegel and Heidegger, each for differrent reasons
Shelves: kant, 2015-gelesen
Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason marks what is more or less a beginning of philosophy. It is no longer possible to go back behind his Copernican revolution, as if one could do philosophy without taking into account the subject or consciousness. This turn toward subjectivity is only tightened with the Wittgensteinian and Heideggarian turns toward language. Both naive empiricism (Hume, Locke, etc) and strict rationalism (Leibniz, Wolff, etc) are thoroughly overcome, synthesized if you will. Of cours ...more
Feb 25, 2015 kaelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny Park
Apr 11, 2007 Jenny Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik Graff
Nov 09, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who've prepared
Recommended to Erik by: Friedrich Nietzsche, C.G. Jung et al.
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
Oct 29, 2009 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy-etc
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 14, 2010 أحمد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

Jul 11, 2016 Crito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-goals
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 appreciating his ideas and style, you start getting not on ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Giorgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
how to review CPR? there are various ways of reviewing books, according to the dogmatic method of review our writings 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
Jul 28, 2008 Tyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Academics & Philosophy Majors Only
Shelves: philosophy
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
Apr 03, 2012 Yann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

En eff
Dec 04, 2011 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wided Nems
Jan 12, 2016 Wided Nems rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفة, فكر
في كتابه نقد العقل الخالص , يحاول ايمانويل كانت أن يحسم الصراع الفلسفي المطروح في نظرية الابستيمولوجيا عن مصدر المدركات _من خلال البرهنة على مدى تكامل الحدوس الحسيّة والأفاهيم العقلية المحضة في عملية البناء المعرفي , متجاوزًا كل التفسيرات الدوغمائية السابقة عند العقلانيين أو الحسيين على حد سواء
وإذا كان ايمانويل كانت يبرهن على العلاقة التفاعلية بين الملكتين الحسية الامبيرية والافاهيم الفاهمية المحضة , فإنه يجيبنا عن الإشكال : كيف نصل إلى المعرفة؟ ليتجاوزه إلى تساؤل جوهري آخر يحتاج إلى الحسم في إ
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
Sep 22, 2011 Archetech rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Moses Mendelssohn once called Kant a "world-crusher." After re-reading a substantive portion of this work for my Kant class under Prof. John Hare, I agree with Mr. Mendelssohn.
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 all presuppositions and conclusions of it.
There ar
Fran Globlek
Jan 26, 2013 Fran Globlek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2007 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 25, 2016 Þróndr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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. - So... in the last few chapters he ends up arguing for that ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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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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