Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.
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I couldn't even finish this book, thanks to the narrator's bizarre diction and insistence on giving parenthetical references in the middle of sentences. This is particularly annoying because most of the early book has Critique of Pure Reason Ed. 1 & ed. 2 page numbers listed. Not sure who is listening to a book and writing these down.
In terms of a Kant intro, this is solid. One needs to have at least some background in philosophy to understand the jargon, but the author does an admirable job in elucidating and summarizing some of the more complex parts of Kant's philosophy.
The author presents Kant's philosophy as something that is easy to understand and follow, although I had to listen to it various times to see that it was always that easy to grasp.
I think there is no disparity, there is no dissonance between the book's narrator and one's own in-head narrator.
I had read many things on Kant, had tried to read Kant directly a couple of times but was always beaten by the vocabulary, the huge amounts of cultural and philosophical baggage one must bring along in order to keep reading. I think this book made it very graspable and friendly.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
to both Kant the man and his philosophical theories. Entertaining and enlightening stories from what little "personal life" Kant engaged in, and a thorough going-through of his ideas and how they developed. This would be particularly good for someone just beginning to study Kant.
"To go straight to the deepest depth,"
Whilst browsing the reviews of the print version, I noticed phrases like 'hard to follow' & 'difficult subject' but pressed ahead. Having read some other works by Roger Scruton, I was impressed by his ability to capture the essence of difficult subjects and was aware that Kant's philosophy influences much of Roger's own writing.
Unfortunately I cannot claim that listening to chapters 3 to 5 increased my (very modest) understanding of the basics of Kant's philosophy. Listening to those chapters seemed rather like listening to someone narrate computer code. I imagine the audio version of 'Design patterns' by Gamma et al would sound like this.
The problem was exaggerated by the extensive references (to multiple revisions of the source) which accompany every quote from Kant's original work. These are unobtrusive in print, but it was a poor decision to include them in the audio version.
The fault is mainly mine, as I listen to audio books whilst working or driving. I just need to read those chapters for myself, rather than via a narrator.
Quite suddenly, at chapter 6, Roger's distinctive style leaps from the page (speakers), and the rest of the book is everything I hoped the first crucial chapters would be: enlightening & enjoyable.
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