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A Commentary to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason 2nd Edition

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"It is a classic translation: easier to read than its competitors and less cluttered with superfluous notes. An ideal translation for teaching undergraduates." -- Dr. Gary Banham, Manchester Metropolitan University

About the Author

Norman Kemp Smith (1872-1958) lectured at Princeton and was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh.

Sebastian Gardner is with the Department of Philosophy, Univeristy College London.

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2 edition (October 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403915040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403915047
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,304,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Slade on October 22, 2005
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Based on Chris Limmek's review Norman Kemp Smith's commentary must be excellent! Because with Kant (and all difficult works) you need to spend pages "obsessing over terminological minutiae" and you need to focus on "differentiating different lines of argument" (etc)
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I am not here writing a review on Kemp Smith's famous COMMENTARY TO KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. This has long been universally regarded as one of the most important works on Kant's first critique ever written and on the shortest of short lists of crucial books on Kant (except by the reviewer here who felt qualified to give it an utterly baffling one-star review) and warrants a five-star rating if any book on Kant does.

What I propose to review here is the actual, physical copy of the book itself, as published by Forgotten Books (ISBN: 1440086923). The quality of the books published by Forgotten Books varies wildly from one title to another, some close to pristine while others are copies of heavily marked originals or suffer from a failure to produce a readable copy of one or multiple pages. This is one of the better jobs that Forgotten Books has done. The print is darker than most of its productions, while I did not see any blurry or blank pages in flipping through it. There were a couple of pages that reproduced extremely minor marks from the original, but these do not distract from the text. This is one of their better efforts and I can definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to plod through Kant's first masterpiece, which would be many people's choice as the greatest book in the history of philosophy. Kemp Smith's book is not easy to use. The devil is always in the details, and the details in Kant are both elusive and exceedingly difficult to explicate. Some will lack the patience to work through the details (like the absurd one-star reviewer below); but those who are willing to work through it, paragraph through frustrating paragraph, will have an intellectual experience of a lifetime. My first time to read the book was in a one-on-one special studies course with Paul L.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JC on March 2, 1999
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When this title was offered in paper, I snapped it up. This book was constantly cited by professors at the graduate level, but no students had ever seen a copy....It seemed to be "permanently" checked out by the instructors.

It's a classic commentary on one of the seminal books of western philosophy.
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By Lucas Silveira on September 25, 2014
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This is a REPRINT (facsimile) of the second revised and enlarged edition of 1923, except that it's missing the "Appendix C - Kant's Opus Postumus", which has a little under 40 pages, and the preface to the 2nd edition.

The fact that this is a reprint makes the quality of the printing not exceptional, but at the same time it helps a lot with references and quotations, since this is the edition that most comentators refer to.

Overall, for the price and the size of this book, I'm very happy with it.
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By Yimin Kui on October 5, 2014
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extremely satisfied with everything, especially Amazon.com's new way of international shipping
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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Anyone who has read this book in its totality is either a hardcore academic, or simply likes taking forty minutes a page. This kind of work is not to be confused with the light and soapy philosophies that we see in company statements, nor the glib employment of the word used by e-xtraverts on their home pages (my philosophy is...). This book looks, through ampliative means, to bridge the erstwhile gap between the ungrounded claims of arch-Rationalists,such as Liebnitz, who enable the possibility of metaphysics devoid of any 'sensible' checks (in Kants sense), and the dry sobriety of Empiricists such as Hume, whose statements regarding such things as the non a-prioricity of cause and effect; the lack of any necessary logical link between two events, leave us in a permanant probabilistic divide between what is, and what must be. However, take heart, the dry but illuminated Kant, puts man back at the centre of his own universe (and something, we know not what, at the center of man). Reading this book is not a passive activity! Knowledge of other positions in Philosophy is also going to ease the way with this volume. If you have the time and the inclination, you may never switch your brain off again! When people see it on your shelf, just say "Ahh, Hmm", then nod slowly. This way you need not back your self into any difficult conversations! (that's how I do it).
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