The Introduction discusses the source of the difficulties in reading Kant. It highlights the tacit presuppositions of the standard reading of Kant: sectorialization, isolation, and a piecemeal approach. It also questions the assumption of a seamless continuity between Kant and modernity. It recommends that readers of Kant not lose sight of reason’s teleology, understand reason as legislation, and consider a priori synthesis in view of ends.
Keywords: unity of reason, how to read Kant comprehensively, dichotomies, reason’s finitude, reason’s awakening in history