|About the Book|
The Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft) by Immanuel Kant (4/22/1724-2/12/1804), 1st published in 1781, 2nd edition 1787, is one of the most influential works of philosophy. Also referred to as his 1st critique, it was followed inMoreThe Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft) by Immanuel Kant (4/22/1724-2/12/1804), 1st published in 1781, 2nd edition 1787, is one of the most influential works of philosophy. Also referred to as his 1st critique, it was followed in 1788 by the Critique of Practical Reason & in 1790 by the Critique of Judgment. In the preface to the 1st edition he explains what he means by a critique of pure reason: I do not mean by this a critique of books & systems, but of the faculty of reason in general, in respect of all knowledge after which it may strive independently of all experience.The Critique was the result of a decade of thinking & meditation. Even so, Kant published the 1st edition only reluctantly after many postponements. Altho convinced of the truth of its doctrine, he was uncertain about its exposition. His misgivings were well founded. He complained that interpreters of the work were misunderstanding it. To correct these misinterpretations, he wrote the Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik die als Wissenschaft wird auftreten können (1783- Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will be Able to Come Forward as Science) & brought out a 2nd, revised edition of the Critique in 1787. Controversy still continues regarding the merits of the editions: readers with a preference for an idealistic interpretation often prefer the 1st, those with a realistic view adhere to the 2nd. But with regard to difficulty & ease of reading & understanding, its commonly agreed that theres little to choose between them.