Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason.
Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason
J. Colin McQuillan
Northwestern University Press
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9780810132450, $99.95, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason" by J. Colin McQuillan (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas) is a study of the background, development, exposition, and justification of Immanuel Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason". Instead of examining Kant's arguments for the transcendental ideality of space and time, his deduction of the pure concepts of the understanding, or his account of the dialectic of human reason, Professor McQuillan focuses on Kant's conception of critique. By surveying the different ways the concept of critique was used during the eighteenth century, the relationship between Kant's critique and his pre-critical experiments with different approaches to metaphysics, the varying definitions of a critique of pure reason Kant offers in the prefaces and introductions to the first Critique, and the way Kant responds to objections, Professor McQuillan is able to highlight an aspect of Kant's critical philosophy that is too often overlooked--the reason that philosophy is critical.
Critique: Exceptionally well reasoned, written, organized and presented, "Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason" is an erudite and seminal work of meticulous scholarship. While unreservedly recommended for college and university Philosophy collections in general, and Immanuel Kant supplemental studies reading lists in particular, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason" is also available in a paperback edition (978-0810132481, $34.95) and in a Kindle format ($33.20).