Basic Writings of Kant (Modern Library Classics)

Introduction by Allen W. Wood
With translations by F. Max Müller and Thomas K. Abbott


The writings of Immanuel Kant became the cornerstone of all subsequent philosophical inquiry. They articulate the relationship between the human mind and all that it encounters and remain the most important influence on our concept of knowledge. As renowned Kant scholar Allen W. Wood writes in his Introduction, Kant “virtually laid the foundation for the way people in the last two centuries have confronted such widely differing subjects as the experience of beauty and the meaning of human history.” Edited and compiled by Dr. Wood, Basic Writings of Kant stands as a comprehensive summary of Kant’s contributions to modern thought, and gathers together the most respected translations of Kant’s key moral and political writings.

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By Alex (Stockbridge, GA) · ★★★★☆ · October 04, 2013
Very good anthology of Kant's philosophy and a great primer for both experts on Kant and neophytes alike. The introduction by Allen Wood is also very good. I do, however, take issue with some of it:

1. The translations are very old and make Kant more difficult than one would hope - this makes Crit... ...more
By David (Chicago, IL) · June 27, 2009
Unfortunately, my indigent state prohibits me from purchasing the full versions of the CPR, the Metaphysics of Morals, etc., so I'll have to stick with this collection of excerpts. The translation is okay, I suppose, but it's no match for the (for example) well-annotated Cambridge editions of his... ...more
By Dax (Houston, TX) · ★★★★☆ · December 31, 2007
Well so I read Kant. Yay. But I have to say I have to agree with modern philosophy that seems to be saying that Kant used / invented lots of long words to say a bunch of stuff that didn't amount to much more than a bit of rhetoric. But it helped extract Europe from the thought of the Middle Ages,... ...more
By George (Belleville, IL) · December 11, 2010
uh ya right ...more
By Dave (Palo Alto, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 06, 2008
Ummm....yeah...I'll condense it when...well when I get an idea of what's going on. ...more