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A Commentary on Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason

When this work was first published in 1960, it immediately filled a void in Kantian scholarship. It was the first study entirely devoted to Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason and by far the most substantial commentary on it ever written. This landmark in Western philosophical literature remains an indispensable aid to a complete understanding of Kant’s philosophy for students and scholars alike.

This Critique is the only writing in which Kant weaves his thoughts on practical reason into a unified argument. Lewis White Beck offers a classic examination of this argument and expertly places it in the context of Kant’s philosophy and of the moral philosophy of the eighteenth century.

320 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1960

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Table of Contents

I: The Writing of the "Critique of Practical Reason"
II: The Limits of Theoretical Reason
III: Thought, Action, and Practical Reason
IV: Name, Purpose, and Structure of the "Critique"; Commentary on Preface and Introduction
V: Survey of the Analytic of Practical Reason
VI: The Postulates of Pure Practical Reason; Commentary on Dialectic, Chapter II, Sections IV and V; and Conclusion
Bibliography I: Texts of "Kritik der Praktischen Vernunft"
Bibliography II: Translations of the "Critique of Practical Reason"
Bibliography III: Translations of Other Works by Kant as Cited in Commentary
Bibliography IV: Studies of Kant
Index of Passages Cited from "Critique of Practical Reason"
Index of Names and Subjects

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