Kritik der praktischen Vernunft

by Immanuel Kant

Other authorsJ. H. von Kirchmann (Editor)
Paper Book, 1897



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CF 5004 K92 P8



Leipzig Dürr 1897


The Critique of Practical Reason is the second of Kant's three Critiques, one of his three major treatises on moral theory, and a seminal text in the history of moral philosophy. Originally published three years after his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, the Critique provides further elaboration of the basic themes of Kant's moral theory, gives the most complete statement of his highly original theory of freedom of the will, and develops his practical metaphysics. This revised edition of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason - which contains Mary Gregor's acclaimed translation - is now the authoritative translation of this work. A substantial and lucid introduction by Andrews Reath places the mains themes of the Critique in the context of Kant's moral theory and his critical system. For this edition, the introduction has been revised and the guide to the secondary reading completely updated.… (more)

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LibraryThing member jpsnow
I found this work very hard to follow. Kant is differentiating what can be determined by reason. He focuses on discovering what can be determined by will (i.e., there is freedom to select something) vs. what already exists a priori. This search for both flexible and inflexible "truth" leads to a
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discussion of spirituality, and good and bad. The difference between Kant and others is that Kant seeks to "harmonize" rather than reconcile" philosophical points. The Fundamental Law of Pure, Practical Reason: "Act so that the maxim of your will can be valid at the same time as a principle of universal legislation." Kant attempts to climb higher than the mere desires of the Epicureans, heading toward something spiritual but elected via pure reason. I find it a hard climb to make. The bulk of this work heads toward a moralistic proof of good and evil and the proof of causality based merely on the possibility of it. Based on practical reason, there are only good and bad objects.
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