Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

Immanuel Kant

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Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics is a work by German philosopher Immanuel Kant, first published in 1783. The book serves as a preamble or introduction (prolegomena) to his more extensive and complex work, Critique of Pure Reason. The main themes covered in the include: The Possibility of Metaphysics: Kant explores the possibility of metaphysical knowledge and whether metaphysics, as a discipline, is even viable. A Priori Knowledge: Kant discusses the concept of a priori knowledge, which is knowledge that is independent of experience and derived from reason alone. Space and Time: Kant examines the nature of space and time, arguing that they are not external properties of objects but rather subjective forms of intuition that the mind uses to organize sensory experiences. Categories of Understanding: Kant introduces the categories of understanding, which are fundamental concepts that the mind applies to phenomena to comprehend and organize them. Limitations of Pure Reason: Kant acknowledges that while a priori knowledge is valuable, it also has limits. He delves into these limitations, explaining why certain metaphysical questions, such as the existence of God or the immortality of the soul, cannot be conclusively answered through pure reason alone. The Prolegomena is considered a significant work in the history of philosophy as it lays the groundwork for Kant's influential philosophical system known as Critical Philosophy.

This book has 47,638 words, 74 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1783. This translation by Paul Carus was first published in 1902.

Production notes: This ebook of Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics was published by Global Grey on the 29th July 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Jacob van Driebergen' by an unknown artist.

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