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Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
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  • Editor and Translator: Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego
  • Date Published: November 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511601774

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  • This volume offers English translations of texts that form the essential background to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Presenting the projects of Kant’s predecessors and contemporaries in eighteenth-century Germany, it enables readers to understand the positions that Kant might have identified with “pure reason,” the criticisms of pure reason that had developed prior to Kant’s, and alternative attempts at synthesizing empiricist elements within a rationalist framework. The volume contains chapters on Christian Wolff, Martin Knutzen, Alexander Baumgarten, Christian Crusius, Leonhard Euler, Johann Lambert, Marcus Herz, Johann Eberhard, and Johann Tetens. Each chapter includes a brief introduction that provides succinct biographical and bibliographical information on these authors, a concise account of their projects, and information on the importance of these projects to Kant’s first Critique. Extensive references to the first Critique, brought together in a concordance, highlight the potential relevance of each text.

    • Provides translations of many 18th century works that have never been translated before
    • Provides the most essential excerpts for understanding the projects of Kant's predecessors and contemporaries
    • Essential reader for scholars and students who want to understand Kant's theoretical philosophy
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    "...The work as a whole reads and flows smoothly--an accomplishment... Footnotes provide direction as to how the works relate to particular sections of the Critique of Pure Reason. This unique and important collection will help anyone struggling to understand one of modern philosophy's most important and notoriously difficult texts... it will be most useful for graduate students and faculty... Highly recommended..."
    M Meola, The College of New Jersey, Choice

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511601774
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Christian Wolff: rational thoughts on God, the world and the soul of human beings
    also all things in general (1720)
    2. Martin Knutzen: system of causes (1735)
    philosophical treatise on the immaterial nature of the soul (1744)
    3. Alexander Baumgarten: metaphysics (1739)
    4. Christian August Crusius: sketch of the necessary truths of reason (1745)
    5. Leonhard Euler: letters to a German princess (1760–1762)
    6. Johann Heinrich Lambert: treatise on the criterion of truth (1761)
    new organon (1764)
    7. Marcus Herz: first letter (1770)
    second letter (1771)
    third letter (1771)
    observations from speculative philosophy (1771)
    fourth letter (1772)
    fifth letter (1776)
    8. Johann August Eberhard: universal theory of thinking and sensing (1776)
    9. Johann Nicolaus Tetens: philosophical essays on human nature and its development (1777).

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Early Modern Philosophy: Kant
    • History of Modern Philosophy/Seminar in the History of Philosophy
    • Kant Seminar
    • Kant's First Critique
    • Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
    • The Social Construction of Reality
  • Editor and Translator

    Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego
    Eric Watkins is professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. The recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he is the author of Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality, which won the Book Prize in 2005 from the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

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