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Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

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This edition of Prolegomena includes Kant’s letter of February, 1772 to Marcus Herz, a momentous document in which Kant relates the progress of his thinking and announces that he is now ready to present a critique of pure reason.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Hacket Publishing (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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Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کانت اول کتاب "نقد عقل محض" رو نوشت. اما بعد از یک سال انتظار، متوجه شد که انگار کسی کتاب رو نخونده، از بس که طولانیه، و سخت نوشته شده، و مخصوصاً این که فلسفه ای به کلی جدید بنیان گذاشته، و خواننده ها با ذهنیتی که از فلسفۀ قدیم دارن، درست متوجه نمیشن که حرف حساب کانت در این درازگویی ها چیه.
این باعث شد که دست به کار بشه و خلاصه ای روشن از کتاب تهیه کنه، و توضیح بده که مقصودش از نوشتن کتاب چیه و چه مسئله ای رو می خواد جواب بده، و حاصل شد "تمهیدات"، همین کتاب حاضر.

من قبل از تمهیدات سه کتاب راجع
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 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
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
G.R. Reader
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I'm afraid I have to read the Critiques now.
Erik Graff
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I don't get Kant, and I've never derived any pleasure from reading him.
Max Jackson
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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
Myat Thura Aung
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An almost readable dumbed down version of the Critique of Pure Reason which is more like a synopsis to it.
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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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
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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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
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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
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This much is certain: whoever has once tasted critique will be ever after disgusted with all dogmatical twaddle which he formerly put up with because his reason had to have something and could find nothing better for its support.

In this tiny little book, Kant manages to condense his conclusions from his Critique of Pure Reason into a more accessible and readable form—which doesn't mean it's necessarily accessible or readable as such, but just more so than his Critiques. (His curmudgeonly asides
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
first and second part
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
Julian Meynell
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Reread this for the third time. The Prolegomena was meant to be a more accessible introduction to The Critique of Pure Reason, and I suppose it is. However, that is not saying a great deal. The book is not a summary of the Critique. It is really more like an introduction to the Critique and it is better written than the Critique which is not saying a lot. I had forgotten how difficult he was to read. I did remember that he was the most difficult person to read in any field, but this is Kant at c ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Richard Epstein
Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Don't, okay? Just don't.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet, and so on - then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me.” ~ Immanuel Kant in What is Enlightenment

There’s a lot of truth in this and it’s a good summary of how Kant looks at the world. This isn’t to say it isn’t without problems, which come to a head in Prolegomena. Humans are much less ration
Maxime Berthiaume
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
C'est une lecture de paresseux, je ne voulais pas lire l'intégralité de la critique de la raison pure qui est extrêmement longue et qui commençait à moins m'intéresser quand Kant commence à parler de schématisme.

Bien que Kant avertisse d'amblé que ce livre n'est pas un substitue à la première critique, il fera l'affaire pour moi. Les idées y sont plus clairement présentées, moins longuement étayées (dans la critique il prend le temps de fournir de longues justifications pour tout ce qu'il affir
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, Immanuel Kant (2.0)
This book has been recommended to read in order to understand Kant’s philosophies. He wrote it as a supplement or ‘Cliff notes’ to his ‘Critique of Pure Reason’, which is considered by many to be undecipherable. Unfortunately this is not much easier, though luckily much shorter. He starts by saying that the majority of readers are not smart enough to understand (or critique, a particular sticky point with him) the material to follow, whic
Though known as a good introduction to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, the Prolegomena actually isn't the place to begin if one is intending to read that particular book. Kant sets out to defend the field of metaphysics from the relentless skepticism of empiricists, particularly David Hume, and while this book is a good place to get an idea of what questions Kant is answering and setting for himself in his work, it leaves out the bulk of the argumentation that - while dry & difficult - is ne ...more
Dan Snyder
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I add to this? Diverted here (after a rereading of Leibniz on monads) by Veatch in his 'Two Logics', I reread this today in light of some other considerations concerning the possibilities of concepts. This work is firmly in the 'concept as thing' versus 'concept of thing' side of apprehension. I am in a position now in my job as a teacher of Aristotle's logic to appreciate the return to a notion of categories, this time as categories of possible experience for the formation of concepts ...more
Kelsey Hennegen
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kant directly addresses Hume, Descartes, basically wants to make the case for the fact that we cannot speak of knowing things in themselves, but there is still synthetic knowledge a priori that is possible. metaphysical proposition must possess absolute certainty of a kind that can’t be attain from sensory experience, only through pure understanding. So, he’s basically tackling how cognition from pure reason is possible, reflecting on how the intellect is capable, pondering where the domain of r ...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
“All false art, all vain wisdom, lasts its time but finally destroys itself, and its highest culture is also the epoch of its decay.” 16 likes
“Mathematics, natural science, laws, arts, even morality, etc. do not completely fill the soul; there is always a space left over reserved for pure and speculative reason, the emptiness of which prompts us to seek in vagaries, buffooneries, and mysticism for what seems to be employment and entertainment, but what actually is mere pastime undertaken in order to deaden the troublesome voice of reason, which, in accordance with its nature, requires something that can satisfy it and does not merely subserve other ends or the interests of our inclinations.” 11 likes
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