How to start reading and understanding Kant?

How to start reading and understanding Kant?

Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Robert Paul Wolff Lecture 1

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Answer 1
June, 2021

How can you understand a man, even a great philosopher, who has never known a single woman in his entire life? A man so punctual that he could be used to check the clock? If you are the same stubborn, I advise you to read it once, then again and again, and you will begin to understand it. But this requires at least a small base of philosophical knowledge, for example, textbooks for universities.

Answer 2
June, 2021

If Kant's thought in a digestible form does not enter your head, but you still want to understand it, then it is best to turn to lecture retellings of his ideas. Live speech is much less formalized in its form, which means it is easier to understand. Having a basic understanding of the conceptual outlines of the theory that the philosopher is trying to build, it will be easier for you later to conjecture it in details and at first unnoticed nuances.

You can start with a funny one. For example, here are a couple of videos from the portal Wisecrack, which explain several important points of Kant's philosophy in an extremely simple and concise form. One of them even has Russian subtitles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tf6BS9B2pY&index=16&

https://www.youtube.com/watch ? v = Ngp1Qd8D2PQ & index = 36 &

For entertainment, you can also try the Action Philosophers comic, the eighth issue of which is just about German idealism. It is funny and understandable, despite the fact that it does not particularly sin against the truth by its content. Also, by the way, translated into Russian.

http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/3841/751/1600/334004/ActionPhilosophers08.jpg

Lectures on the web , I think you can easily find them, a decent amount in both Russian and English. For my part, I can only shout out to you the name of Peter Vladislavovich Rezvykh, as an example of an excellent lecturer on the topic. In addition to the audio recordings (vk.com), some can be found on (youtube.com).

Feel free to also attend lectures at universities. Agreeing to get into the audience at the right time is actually not so difficult.

There is also a huge literature on Kant's philosophy, including many generalizing works. The main problem here is that they are often written in no less complex language than the texts of the philosopher about which they speak. Of the most accessible and complete reviews of the Koenigsberg thinker, I can recommend two books:

- Roger Scruton. Kant: A Very Short Introduction (2001) If possible, read in English for better understanding. The book, fortunately, is quite small - only 160 pages.

- Valentin Asmus. Immanuel Kant (1973) It is possible that the moral age of this book has already exceeded its reasonable limit, but you will hardly find a simpler and clearer presentation of Kant's ideas in Russian anywhere else.

Don't forget the main thing after all this return to the original texts. Any lecture or book is always an interpretation of ideas, their substitute. In the end, your understanding will necessarily differ from what you hear or read. After all, what Kant thinks best can only tell you himself.

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