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Kant: Political Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Hardcover – January 25, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0521391856 ISBN-10: 0521391857 Edition: 2nd

 
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (January 25, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521391857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521391856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For new students of Kant's political philosophy, Reiss's new edition is very helpful in offering an accessible but thorough editorial introduction to Kant's political thought; a fairly comprehensive selection of Kant's political work; and an up-to-date, detailed bibliography." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Heikkila on December 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best affordable paperback collection of Kant's essays on politics and the philosophy of history. You get Perpetual Peace, Idea for a Universal History, Contest of the Faculties, The End of all Things, Theory and Practice, What is Enlightenment and several other essays. Hans Reiss' introduction is well written and illuminating as well. There is another, cheaper collection published by Hackett Publishing Co. (Perpetual Peace and Other Essays). However, it is smaller and less comprehensive than this edition.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Coppedge on August 24, 2012
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Most students are pounded with the same material over and over again. The categorical imperative, with that understanding, is never so original as it is projected in these essays. The context of political thought is a neglected area that certainly must be considered a part of Kant's working process. I believe the essay on Universal Peace in particular brings neglected areas to light, about a kind of categorical perspective not only on class systems (opportunity, viability, flexibility speaking in intuitive terms) but also the natural order, and how nature intuitively reflects the rational mind's categories.

I would highlight that categorical thought is the crowning achievement of Immanuel Kant, and as such one or two of these essays are very useful in the appreciation of that area. Even so, although these essays are relatively lucid (by comparison to the Critique of Pure Reason, some may disagree with me, preferring his most popular form of language) most of these essays were not wholely enlightening. But by the standard of the excessive consistency of most works about Kant, the striking impression is one of originality and ingenuity not encountered elsewhere in his work.

For the most part, these essays have not been available to students of Kant's work. Consequently, I recommend this book as necessary to any student of Kant, because of its breadth and inclusiveness.

Another possible book to pursue in the area of categorical knowledge is my own book, The Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit, which outlines the method of categorical deduction as an expansion on Kant's imperatives, to areas other than ethics, and as a kind of information theory. While my book is less specialized and academic than Kant's book, in some ways it has more technical things to say. Nonetheless Kant's book is recommended for its importance in the study, historical or otherwise, of Kant's under-riding theories.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dirtymc on June 15, 2008
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The ideas that Immanuel Kant wrote about are truly groundbreaking. The concept of a cosmopolitan existence can arguably be seen in the existense of the European Union. Really amazing stuff! Now you may ask "why then are there only four stars?". The reason that I have given this book four stars is that it captured Kant's words beautifully, but somehow forgot to dissect their meaning for the reader. The concept of rights can be very confusing and without a thorough explanation can leave the passive reader (and for that matter even an active reader at times)confused and frustrated. The price for the book itself is reasonable and I feel that it most definately will give you your money's worth.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam on February 13, 2013
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This isn't the type of book i would list as light reading. It was for a class, and went well. Book was in great condition.
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