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Basic Writings of Kant (Modern Library Classics) [Paperback]

By Immanuel Kant (Author), Allen W. Wood (Editor) & F. Max Muller (Translator)
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Item description for Basic Writings of Kant (Modern Library Classics) by Immanuel Kant, Allen W. Wood & F. Max Muller...

Presents the essential works of the philosopher, including "Critique of Pure Reason" and "Eternal Peace."

Publishers Description
Introduction by Allen W. Wood
With translations by F. Max Muller and Thomas K. Abbott
The writings of Immanuel Kant became the cornerstone of all subsequent philosophical inquiry. They articulate the relationship between the human mind and all that it encounters and remain the most important influence on our concept of knowledge. As renowned Kant scholar Allen W. Wood writes in his Introduction, Kant "virtually laid the foundation for the way people in the last two centuries have confronted such widely differing subjects as the experience of beauty and the meaning of human history." Edited and compiled by Dr. Wood, "Basic Writings of Kant "stands as a comprehensive summary of Kant's contributions to modern thought, and gathers together the most respected translations of Kant's key moral and political writings.

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Basic Writings of Kant (Modern Library Classics) by Immanuel Kant, Allen W. Wood & F. Max Muller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 77
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 63

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Studio: Modern Library
Pages   478
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.24" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 10, 2001
Publisher   Modern Library
ISBN  0375757333  
ISBN13  9780375757334  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! IMMANUEL KANT, born in Konigsberg, East Prussia (in what is now Kaliningrad, Russia), on April 22, 1724, was reared by parents who were members of the Lutheran sect known as Pietists. Though his upbringing was religious, Kant did not find himself subjected to a dogmatic or doctrinaire home environment. After completing his early education at the Collegium Fridericianum, he entered the University of Konigsberg in 1740 at the age of sixteen. Though it was originally thought that he would make the ministry his life's pursuit, Kant took the minimum number of required courses in theology and then dedicated himself to philosophy, mathematics, and physical science. During the years between 1746 and 1755 he worked as a private tutor in an effort to support himself through graduate work after the death of his parents left him without financial assistance. Receiving his doctorate in 1755, he taught at the University of Konigsberg for fifteen years until 1770 when he was finally promoted to Professor of Logic and Metaphysics. Kant held this position until his death on February 12, 1804.
Among Kant's most important philosophical works are: The Critique of Pure Reason (1781), Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (1783), Idea for a Universal History (1784), Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (1785), Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786), Critique of Practical Reason (1787), Critique of Judgment (1790), Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone (1793), Perpetual Peace (1795), Metaphysics of Ethics (1797), and Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View (1798).

Immanuel Kant was born in 1724 and died in 1804 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of California, San Diego, University of Pennsylvania.

Immanuel Kant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant
  2. Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant in Translation
  3. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  4. Dover Books on Western Philosophy
  5. Dover Philosophical Classics
  6. Great Books in Philosophy
  7. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  8. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  9. Penguin Classics
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Kant the philosophical revolutionary  Jul 3, 2006
This is an excellent survey of Kant's groundbreaking constributions to epistemology and moral philosophy. I would, however, support Karl Popper's observation that the best way to understand the transcendental idealism of Kant is to first study Schopenhauer. An ideal introduction to Schopenhauer (and Kant) is Bryan Magee's 'The Philosophy of Schopenhauer'. Then read Schopenhauer's 'On the Fourfold Root of Principle of Sufficient Reason', and then his 'The World as Will and Representation'. Schopenhauer is a peerless prose stylist and conceptual architect and he explains the philosophy of Kant (and it's limitations) better than Kant does himself. Once you have familiarised yourself with Schopenhauer, Kant's comparatively opaque and desultory prose (with occasional flashes of brilliance) is readily accessible. Kant's staggering intellectual achievement in moving beyond the apparent epistemological dead end of Hume is sufficient motivation for making the effort to read the Critique of Pure Reason. In the other works in this volume Kant developed his (in my view)flawed moral philosophy, based as it is on the supposed sovereignty of reason over the will - with its famous 'catagorical imperative'. While this is less impressive than his epistemology, it is still interesting and well worth reading. The translations offered here are clear and the selections from Kant's works are judicious. Altogether a great book at a great price, which will richly reward the serious reader.
An effective compilation, with all of the essays necessary for a basic understanding of Kant.  Feb 28, 2006
With a thourough reading of this text, it is entirely possible to extract, not just the jist, but a fundamental understanding of the philosophy of Kant. Although it is true that no compilation of writings, which is forced to express the ideas of a philosopher such as Kant in a manageable way, can provide an understanding required for a masters or doctoral thesis, the Basic Writings of Kant is translated in such a way and contains the necessary essays for higher-level undergraduate understanding.

By examining the development of Kant's ideas throughout each essay, it is possible to understand the unity of metaphysical, empirical, and moral concepts in a digestable and useful way. Although one may see fault in Kant's philosophy regarding any of these facets, this text provides the means for an understanding of Kant's philosopy and solid ground by which to dispute his ideas.

One distinction, which might be useful in reading this text, is to note that the essay "Critique of Practical Reason" is better understood as the "Critique of (Pure) Practical Reason". It should be understood that Kant felt that the boundaries in which both practical and theoretical reason, lie is within the limits of the mind itself.

Also, regarding Kant's chauvinism, a close reading of "What Is Englightenment?", might shed some light on those who seem to have heard what they wanted to hear in his referrence to the "fairer sex". Aside from that passage, I can not actually think of another example of his even mentioning gender differences. Feel free to correct me, if you can provide me with some new information, or something that I've forgotten.
An Easy to Read Selection of Kant Writings  May 6, 2004
My review is more by accident then intentional logging on to write a review. While surfing around, I stumbled here to check out a couple of reviews and noticed some with astonishing errors; either due to a lack of writing a detailed review or just not understanding Kant's ideas. The problem may also lie in that anthologies don't carry the full selection of a person's arguments (although with one reviewer it is just an obvious case of silly ignorant ramblings)

Wood's book is readable and it is true that Kant is never an easy read, but neither are most Prussian Philosophers of the same era.

Whatever Kant's metaphysical faults are, he is not a relativist, but tried, although many have asserted unsuccessfully, to construct an objective moral framework on reason alone (although Kant did believe in God and asserted that the Christian religion was the closet to a true objective construct; however, that is precisely the problem of anthologies, because all they do is give one a snap shot of someone's work. Further, Kant asserted God as a practical necessity if humans were going to reach the highest good (summum bonum).

Lastly, is trying to limit the role of reason to make room for faith. He limits knowledge by demonstrating that reason belongs in the empirical realm (phenomenal) and the things-in-itself are actually in the noumenal world beyond the reach of the senses. For someone as lengthy as Kant, short reviews cannot do justice. If one gets this book, then they should also get "The Cambridge Companion to Kant" also sold on this site and edited by Kant scholar Guyer.

Good anthology.  Mar 28, 2004
This section of Immanuel Kant met my needs. It had the selections of Kant's writings that I needed, and all under one volume. I congratulate the editors for including references to the original works in the margins. This makes their edition useful as a stepping stone for studying the larger books.

As to the translation, it was readable, which is the best that can be expected from Kant. The Prussian philosopher is notorious fro his run on sentence, subordinate and sub-subordinate clauses, and abstruseness. He would give Strunk and White a heart-attack. With this caveat, I found the translation a readable as humanly possible.


Since this review is about the book, rather than the content of Kant's philosophy, I will not extensively comment on it. With his "Critique of Pure Reason," Kant asserts that our mind affects our perceptions. In other words, reason is in doubt. This statement is self-contradictory, and therefore invalid. If we doubt our minds, then we must doubt the conclusion that we doubt our minds, since our mind reached this conclusion.

Kant is the father of modern skepticism, and the godfather of relativism. As demonstrated, relativism is an incoherent, and therefore unlivable philosophy. Thank you, Immanuel!

Secondly, his "categorical imperative" is ineffective. He appeals to duty, but duty is not an irreducible primary. The duty is always in relation to either self, to others, or to God. Secondly, duty is merely a means, but it is not an end in itself. What is the "telos" of duty? No explanation.

The Misogynist's Handbook  Jan 18, 2004
Was that one star or five? Hmm... we'll meet in the middle.

Kant's writings are an excellent source for anyone who aspires to eurocentric, caucasian male chauvinism.

He's an even better read for anyone wanting to dispute such a perogative.


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