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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230013384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230013384
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NORMAN KEMP SMITH lectured at Princeton between 1906 and 1919, and between 1919 and 1945 was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the University of Edinburgh.
HOWARD CAYGILL is Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
 
GARY BANHAM is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Jaron on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This translation of Kant's work is the standard text referred to by scholars writing commentary or analysis of the work.

This translation is written in clear and comprehensible English prose at least when you recognize that the ideas being conveyed are highly complex, highly complicate and highly abstract.

Norman Kemp Smith (1872-1958) was a Scottish philosopher who lectured at Princeton University and was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh. He utilized his knowledge of philosophy he brought this level of insight and knowledge to bear when he struggled to translate Kant's dense prose.

Translating this text is not merely a matter of accurately rendering and decoding one language into another, here it requires actually understanding the meaning of the words and the sentences that are being translated so as to render a comprehensible translation. You have to understand the whole book to translate any part of it.

Also, Kant is writing and re-writing this text as he works on it. Making another level of difficulty in translation. Here is brief few words by Smith from his translators introduction to this edition.

"Kant's German, even when judged by German standards, makes difficult reading. ...Many of the difficulties are due simply to his manner of writing. He crowds so much into each sentence, that he is constrained to make undue use of parentheses, particles, pronouns and genders to indicate the connections between the parts of the sentence. .... There are sentences which, to judge by their irregular structure and by the character of their constituents, must have owed their origin to the combination of passages independently written and later combined. ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Wellman on May 13, 2011
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This book is a classic which I am delighted to now have included in my little library. I try to be carefully selective about the books I purchase because I only want books I am able to keep for a long time and which require effort to read and understand.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Beeker on November 13, 2011
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For any student of Kant's CPR, this is the best translation. As the anecdote goes, German students of Kant often resort to Norman Kemp Smith's translation; his extensive Kant scholarship allowed him to clear up muddled passages from the original.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on August 6, 2008
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An excellent, brilliant study in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, one of the great thinkers in the Western World.
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2 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Copeland on October 12, 2009
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Item was in same condition as advertised, however even when paying for expedited shipping item took 4 days to be shipped and a week to receive. I would consider this to be OK for standard shipping. Expedited shipping should have product at buyers door within 4 days IMO.
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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His comprehensive and profound thinking on aesthetics, ethics, and knowledge has had an immense impact on all subsequent philosophy.

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