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Kant's Life and Thought

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“Here is the first Kant-biography in English since Paulsen’s and Cassirer’s only full-scale study of Kant’s philosophy. On a very deep level, all of Cassirer’s philosophy was based on Kant’s, and accordingly this book is Cassirer’s explicit coming to terms with his own historical origins. It sensitively integrates interesting facts about Kant’s life with an appreciation an ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published September 10th 1983 by Yale University Press (first published 1918)
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I got through undergrad pretending to understand Kant, but now I actually do! This books is *fabulous* although it did take me almost six months to read- very slow going! Cassirer is an unapologetic Kant enthusiast, but he does speak of Kant's contemporary critics enough to understand various sides of the arguments.
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Although it provides a clear analysis of some of Kant's denser works (which may rank with Hegel, Sartre, and Husserl as the "densest" philosophical writings ever), Cassirer focuses too much on Kant's life and passes over major developments in his actual philosophy. For instance, the keystone of his life and of his philosophy--Critique of Pure Reason--is actually hurried through at points, in an attempt to tie it more closely with his later works. Moreover, the development of Kant's moral philoso ...more
I came to this looking to hear more about Kant's Leben, but got too much Lehre.
This is not a good biography book per se, but is more concerned with aspects of Cassirer's interest in Kant's ideas.
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Ernst Cassirer was one of the major figures in the development of philosophical idealism in the first half of the twentieth century, a German Jewish philosopher. Coming out of the Marburg tradition of neo-Kantianism, he developed a philosophy of culture as a theory of symbols founded in a phenomenology of knowledge.
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