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Critik der reinen Vernunft.
Riga: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch,, 1781. Octavo (197 x 120 mm). Contemporary half calf, marbled black paper boards, brown paper label to spine lettered in gilt, compartments decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges red. Woodcut title vignette, decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces, and initials. Berlin bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper, contemporary inscription to front blank and a couple of neat pencil annotations to title page. Joints skilfully repaired, wear to extremities, contents bright, a very good copy. First edition of one of the most influential philosophy books ever published, the first version of 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. Of the two main systems which preceded his own, Kant had little or no sympathy with the metaphysical categorization of the Cartesians, and inclined more to the empirical methods of Locke and Leibniz … 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" (PMM).
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