Back Cover Blurb
- 'Mr Strawson's book is not a straightforward commentary on the Critique, but a work of philosophical assessment and re-construction. The aim is to detach a central code of truth in the Kantian philosophy from a setting which is always dubious and often worse, and to restate it in a way which makes its significance for the modern reader evident... Strawson offers something which is to be found in very few books on this great philosopher: a discussion which is, on the one side, sympathetic, appreciative and well-informed, without ever ceasing to be critical and independent on the other.'
→ Philosophical Books
- 'Mr Strawson's treatment is synoptic and humane; he brings an invigorating dash to his subject.'
→ Philosophical Studies
- 'In recent years few philosophers have been so influenced by Kant in original work as P. F. Strawson. Now ... he gives a concise and subtle analytical account of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. His approach is both sensitive and very abstract, so that in his discussion the intricacies of Kant's argument are shown in their relation to its most general themes and to the structural patterns that underlie it.'
→ The Cambridge Review
- 'That Kant's work is still worth studying is admirably demonstrated by P. F. Strawson's The Bounds of Sense, the best and clearest work on the critique now available.'
→ Higher Education Journal
- 'Strawson's The Bounds of Sense is a marvel of philosophical diableries1. The title itself is a roguish stroke of genius - a very Kantian title for a very Strawsonian text.'
- P. F. Strawson (was) Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College.
Amazon Book Description
- Peter Strawson (1919–2006) was one of the leading British philosophers of his generation and an influential figure in a golden age for British philosophy between 1950 and 1970.
- The Bounds of Sense is one of the most influential books ever written about Kant’s philosophy, and is one of the key philosophical works of the late twentieth century. Whilst probably best known for its criticism of Kant’s transcendental idealism, it is also famous for the highly original manner in which Strawson defended and developed some of Kant’s fundamental insights into the nature of subjectivity, experience and knowledge – at a time when few philosophers were engaging with Kant’s ideas.
- The book had a profound effect on the interpretation of Kant’s philosophy when it was first published in 1966 and continues to influence discussion of Kant, the soundness of transcendental arguments, and debates in epistemology and metaphysics generally.
- From my perspective, the main interest in the book will be pp. 162-174, where Strawson discusses (under the heading of Soul) his interpretation and reconstruction of Kant’s views on Personal Identity, and how Kant’s views differ from those of Descartes2 and Hume3.
In-Page Footnotes ("Strawson (Peter) - The Bounds of Sense - An Essay on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason")
- Note a word I’d come across before.
- Apparently its roots are with “Devilment” and the like, but in this context it means “the quality of being reckless or wild in a charismatic way”.
Methuen, University Paperbacks, 1966 (1976 Reprint)
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