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"Altman's work is that of a splendid scholar as well as superb teacher. From his introduction, through his coverage of the chapters of Kant's work, to his summary of Kant's legacy, Altman guides his readers through this notoriously difficult work with such expertise--and with such a wealth of ingenious explanations and illustrations--that they can really come to see what problems Kant was trying to solve, what his solutions actually amounted to, but also what some of the major problems are that these solutions, despite their brilliance, still raise for us. Truly a remarkable accomplishment!" -- Werner S. Pluhar, Pennsylvania State University, Fayette--The Eberly Campus

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Matthew C. Altman teaches philosophy at Central Washington University.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; First Edition edition (December 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Burns on June 1, 2009
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In full disclosure, I am a friend of the author.

I read Matt's book soon after it was released. I was a philosophy major in college, but I hadn't read Kant or much about him since the early 90s. A Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason helped reacquaint me with and deepen my understanding of many of Kant's foundational ideas as well as the ideas of others (Descartes, Hume, etc.) leading to him (I'm always looking for context and Matt doesn't fail me here). Matt's delivery is straightforward, easy to digest, humorous, full of everyday analogies, and sophisticated. I'm not going to convince anyone I'm not automatically biased in favor of this work, but I do think it's a great introduction to Kant for philosophy students and others interested in ethics, epistemology, reasoning, and the like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marordav on August 30, 2012
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Matthew Altman has done a valuable job with his Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. He has distilled the core arguments of Kant's book and presented them in clear language. He introduces the necessary terminology, but keeps drawing the reader back to the process of Kant's arguments. The approach maintains the sense of context as the arguments unfold. Many readers will welcome Altman's use of everyday examples to explicate Kant's words.
In some ways the most notable characteristic of the book is how Altman uses Kant's own statements. So often, even in introductory texts,quotations are dropped in as though self-explanatory. Altman achieves two things: first, he sets the quotations into an explanatory context; second, his choices are long enough to give the flavor of Kant's style and selected with a care that encourages the reader to tackle the original text.
This book is written as a first step towards reading Kant. It does not underplay the complexity of the First Critique but it, wisely, overlooks the density of the disputes and interpretations that have occupied philosophers for the past two hundred and thirty years. Altman has offered a fine way to begin tackling Kant's great achievement.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yimin Kui on October 5, 2014
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