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Critique of Pure Reason

Ranking among the most difficult books ever written, the Critique of Pure Reason can be daunting to read, but reading it with a group can make it far less intimidating.

Nearly two years ago, the Wednesday reading group formed around the reading of the Critique of Pure Reason, and this will be our third time through the book (and depending on interest, the other two Critiques as well).

As a change from our previous readings, we will be alternating between the Critique and other works week to week, so that those who have difficulty with the reading pace have more opportunity to be prepared.


Week 1:
Prefaces/Introduction/Transcendental Aesthetic - Avii to B73

Week 2:
Transcendental Logic/Analytic of Concepts (Clue, Deduction) - A50/B74 to B169

Week 3:
Analytic of Principles (Schematism, System of Pure Principles, Phenomena and Noumena, Amphiboly) - A130/B169-A292/B349

Week 4:
Transcendental Illusion/Concepts of Pure Reason/Paralogisms of Pure Reason - A293/B349 to B432

Week 5:
Antinomies of Pure Reason - A405/B433 to A567/B595

Week 6:
Ideal of Pure Reason - A567/B595 to A704/B732

Week 7:
Transcendental Doctrine of Method (Discipline, Canon, Architechtonic, History) - A707/B735 to A856/B884


Regarding the Book:

If you don't have the book already, this is my favorite English translation:


There is also a newer translation available that is also very excellent and contains a lot of additional scholarly notes and marginalia (I do worry that some of these can be distracting for someone new to Kant, but if you have read the Critique before, I recommend this translation):

If you are interested in all three of Kant's Critiques, there is a set of them all translated by the same person here:


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  • Rick O.

    . . . and at the end of the reading
    A[masked] - for when saying "something is nothing" just isn't enough

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Rick O.

      well, we could just sum it up, and say . . . - oh, never mind

      July 31, 2013

    • Thrashionalist

      The engagement with Leibniz (and his ultimately Platonic roots) has really helped me understand the tradition overall.

      July 31, 2013

  • Ken

    sorry. too much going on

    July 31, 2013

  • Thrashionalist

    Some passages I have found particularly helpful in this week's reading:

    A140/B[masked] on schema and procedure
    A197/B[masked] on objective meaning
    B[masked],[masked] and on the priority of spatial intuition
    A228/B[masked] on there being a nature of things
    A[masked]/B[masked] on logical vs. real possibility

    July 30, 2013

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