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The Critique of Pure Reason

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The Critique of Pure Reason is the first of Immanuel Kant’s three critiques. In it, Kant seeks to establish what human reason is capable of knowing without the senses. Kant argues that while reason is capable of arriving at some truths, it is not capable of comprehensive knowledge. Rather, says Kant, our understanding of reality comes by our mind shaping our sense experience. Our sense of time makes us see the world as temporal. Kant argues that it is impossible to have certain knowledge of a thing “in itself.” We can have accurate knowledge, but it is shaped by our perceiving minds.

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  • Presents the first of Kant’s three critiques
  • Seeks to define what human reason is capable of
  • Posits on human understanding of reality and certainty of knowledge

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“Being is evidently not a real predicate, or a concept of something that can be added to the concept of a thing.” (Volume 2, Page 514)

“A hundred real dollars do not contain a penny more than a hundred possible dollars” (Volume 2, Page 515)

“non-existence of the triangle and of its three angles” (Volume 2, Page 511)

One of the most influential works in the history of philosophy.

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

  • Title: Critique of Pure Reason: In Commemoration of the Centenary of its First Publication
  • Author: Immanuel Kant
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Print Publication Date: 1881
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 808
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Knowledge, Theory of; Causation; Reason; Philosophy › History
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:31:10Z

Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher from Königsberg, researching, lecturing and writing on philosophy and anthropology during and at the end of the 18th Century Enlightenment. At the time, there were major successes and advances in physical science using reason and logic. But this stood in sharp contrast to the scepticism and lack of agreement or progress in empiricist philosophy.


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