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Title Kant's Critique of pure reason : background source materials / edited and translated by Eric Watkins
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009


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Description xiv, 410 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Christian Wolff: Rational thoughts on God, the world and the soul of human beings; also all things in general (1720) / Wolff -- Martin Knutzen: System of efficient causes (1735) ; Philosophical treatise on the immaterial nature of the soul (1744) / Knutzen -- Alexander Baumgarten: Metaphysics (1739) / Baumgarten -- Christian August Crusius: Sketch of the necessary truths of reason (1745) / Crusius -- Leonhard Euler: Letters to a German princess (1760-1762) / Euler -- Johann Heinrich Lambert: treatise on the criterion of truth (1761) ; New organon (1764) / Lambert -- Marcus Herz: First letter (1770) / Herz ; Second letter (1771) / Kant ; Third letter (1771) / Herz ; Observations from speculative philosophy (1771) / Herz ; Fourth letter (1772) ; Fifth letter (1776) / Kant -- Johann August Eberhard: Universal theory of thinking and sensing (1776) -- Johann Nicolaus Tetens: philosophical essays on human nature and its development (1777) / Tetens
Summary "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 been 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."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Available on the Internet
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-403) and index
Notes Also available online (Table of contents)
Subject Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804. Kritik der reinen Vernunft.
Causation -- Hitsory -- 18th century -- Sources
Causation -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
Knowledge, Theory of -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
Reason -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
Author Watkins, Eric, 1964-
LC no. 2008036423
ISBN 9780521781626 hardback
0521781620 hardback
9780521787017 paperback
0521787017 paperback