160 Pages
114 x 179 mm
Pub date
Aug 2001
Very Short Introductions


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  • An accessible introduction to one of the most influential, but complex, modern philosophers
  • The best introduction aimed at the non-specialist
  • Kant is widely studies on philosophy courses, but considered on of the most difficult philosophers
  • Roger Scruton is a controversial and well-known philosopher

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.


1.: Life, works and character
2.: The background of Kant's thougt
3.: The transcendental deduction
4.: The logic of illusion
5.: The categorical imperative
6: Beauty and design
7.: Transcendental philosophy
Further reading, Index

About the author: 

Roger Scruton, formerly Lecturer in philosophy 1971-79, Reader 1979-85, Professor of aesthetics 1985-92 at Birkbeck College, University of London
Roger Scruton's publications include Spinoza in the Past Masters series, Art And Imagination, (1974), The Aesthetics of Architecture (1979), The Aesthetic Understanding (1983), An Intelligent Persons Guide To Philosophy (1996), and The Aesthetics Of Music (1997).

Review from previous edition 
Roger Scruton faced perhaps the most intractable task of all in giving an elementary account of Kant's philosophy ... but he does it extremely elegantly and neatly. - Listener

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