17 June 2008
KANT, Immanuel (1724-1804). Critik der reinen Vernunft. Riga: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch, 1781.
8o (203 x 124 mm). Engraved title vignette and a few small engraved vignettes in text. (Some minor browning and pale spotting.) Contemporary marbled boards (joints restored).
FIRST EDITION OF KANT'S GREATEST WORK, the Critique of Pure Reason. "Kant's great achievement was to conclude finally the lines on which philosophical speculation had proceeded in the eighteenth century, and to open up a new and more comprehensive system of dealing with the problems of philosophy... The influence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern philosophy. No other thinker has been able to hold with such firmness the balance between speculative and empirical ideas. His penetrating analysis of the elements involved in synthesis, and the subjective process by which these elements are realized in the individual consciousness, demonstrated the operation of 'pure reason'; and the simplicity and cogency of his arguments achieved immediate fame. Kant's achievements in other branches of philosophy were equally distinguished and fruitful... His methods... dominated western philosophical thought throughout the nineteenth century, as they do today" (PMM 226). Norman 1197; Warda, Die Druckschriften Kants 59.
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