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Light in GermanyScenes from an Unknown Enlightenment$
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T. J. Reed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226205106

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226205243.001.0001

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Light in Germany

T.J. Reed

University of Chicago Press

There is no better example of critical thinking than Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’. His style and terminology are notoriously complex, but they can be understood in the light of his central aim of discrediting any speculation not founded on experience, most obviously the constructs of theology that were still socially dominant. Ultimately he was answering the questions: what can we reliably know and what should we stop claiming to know? In that light, he can be rescued from his repute as a thinker so difficult as to be only a philosopher for philosophers.

Keywords:   knowledge, limits, metaphysics, Kant’s Critique, liberation, engagement, his style, terminology

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