Reinhold: Letters on the Kantian Philosophy

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Karl Ameriks
Cambridge University Press, Jan 5, 2006 - Philosophy
Reinhold's Letters on the Kantian Philosophy is arguably the most influential book ever written concerning Kant. It provides a helpful introduction to Kant's philosophy and a valuable explanation of how that philosophy can be understood as an appropriate Enlightenment solution to the 'pantheism dispute' which dominated thought in the era of German Idealism. The first edition of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason was slow in gaining a positive reception, but after Reinhold's Letters appeared Kant's Critical Philosophy suddenly attained the central position which it has held to this day. The Letters also brought fame to Reinhold, who developed his own influential 'Elementary Philosophy' and was succeeded by the leading figures of German Idealism: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. This English edition of Reinhold's work includes the original 1786–7 version as well as all the major additions and changes from the 1790 edition.

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Letters on the Kantian Philosophy
The result of the Kantian philosophy
On the elements and the previous course
The result of the Critique of Reason concerning
A sketch of a history of reasons psychological
Continuation of the preceding letter The master
the major additions in the ijgo edition

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Page xi - we should be under an obligation to follow those concepts which, though they may not be objectively sufficient, are yet, according to the standard of our reason, preponderant, and in comparison with which we know of nothing that is better
Page ix - the first edition of the Critique of Pure Reason appeared in 1781,

About the author (2006)

Karl Ameriks is the McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is co-editor with Desmond Clark of the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy series.

James C. Hebbeler is a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame. His areas of interest include Kant, Post-Kantian German Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology.

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