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Not quite what I was looking for,
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This review is from: Kant (The Routledge Philosophers) (Hardcover)
I read this after reading the Very Short Introduction book on Kant (which I thought was spectacular!), hoping to get a firmer grasp on his philosophy. The book is intended, at least in part, for the uninitiated, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone not already familiar with Kant and the tradition he emerged from.
Much of the book is focused on whether Kant's ideas can be defended, and Guyer provides a wealth of good arguments both for and against them. This is great for someone already acquainted with Kant's philosophy, but for someone just trying to understand the ideas themselves, this tends to make an already difficult topic more confusing.
Also, Guyer covers Kant's work more or less chronologically. This certainly has its own merit and may be desirable for some readers, but I found it difficult to put all the pieces together into a comprehensive whole.
So again, if the reader already has a decent grasp on Kant's overall philosophy, this is probably a great book, but as an introduction I wouldn't recommend it.
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2013 11:53:40 PM PDT
Markku Nivalainen says:
I agree. This is a very difficult read. Since it is supposed to be introductory, I would not mind if the individual chapters worked as standalone introductions to the topics. The chapter on aesthetics did not help me understand Kant's aesthetics nor did it prepare me to start reading the Critique of Judgment. I am sure there has to be better introductions available.
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