By Norman Kemp Smith
Of all of the significant philosophical works, Kant's Critique of natural cause is likely one of the such a lot worthwhile, but essentially the most tricky. Norman Kemp Smith's remark elucidates not just textural questions and minor matters, but in addition the vital difficulties which come up, he contends, from the conflicting trends of Kant's personal pondering. Kemp Smith's remark remains to be famous with Kant students, and it really is being reissued the following with a brand new creation through Sebastian Gardner to set it in its modern context.
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Vaihinger has do n e valuable service in disputing th is reading of Kant's autobiographica l statements. Kant does not himself ma ke direct mention of th e Enquiry, and th e passages in the Critique and in the Prolegomena I in wh ich Hume 's teaching is under consideratio n seem rather to point to the wid er argum en t o f the Treatise. This is a m atter o f no sm all im portan ce; for if Vaihin ger's view can be establishe d, it will en able us to appreciate, in a manne r otherwise im possible, h ow Kant should h ave come to regard the problem of a priori synthesis as being the most pressing qu estion in the enti re field of specu lative philosophy.
Cr. be low, pp. 33--42, 39 4-5, 398. 2 xlvi INTROD UCTION of the knowing process, but o n ly a su b jectiv ist in terpretation of th e na tu re of the objects upon which it is directed . e. the problem how awareness is possible, and in what it consists, has so far not so much as even been raised. Descart es an d hi s successo rs virt ually assume th at consciousness is an u ltima te, un ana lysab le form of awa reness, and that all that ca n reaso nably be dem an ded of the philosopher is th at h e expla in wha t o b jects a re ac tua lly pr esented to it, and under wha t co nditions th eir present at ion can occur.
The stu dent who has steeped h imself in the atmosphe re of th e Critique, h owever dissa tisfied he m ay perhaps be with man y of its doctrines, has become familiar with t he main req uir emen ts which a really adeq ua te metap hysics must fulfil, or at least will ha ve acquired a due sense of th e comp lex ity of t he problem s with which it deals. Recogn ition of the co mpos ite na ture of the tex t will safegua rd us in two ways. In th e first place , citation of single passages is quite in co n clusive.
A Commentary to Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ by Norman Kemp Smith