“Of All Great Human Productions,
I Never Admired Any So Much As The
Inimitable Works Of The Immortal Kant”
7. (KANT, Immanuel) BECK, James.
Principles of Critical Philosophy.
Edinburgh and Hamburg, 1797. Octavo, con-
temporary boards rebacked with half brown
First edition in English (published the year
after the first German edition) of this intro-
duction to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant
by one of his most fervent disciples.
Critick of Pure Reason was added to the Index
Librorum Prohibitorum in 1827.
After studying under Kant, Beck went on
to teach philosophy himself at Halle and
“Paramount In The Critical Method
Of Modern Philosophy”
6. KANT, Immanuel.
Critick of Pure Reason.
London, 1838. Octavo,
period-style full green morocco gilt.
First edition in English of Kant’s major work.
Added to the Catholic
Church's Index in 1827 for its assertion that reason can neither confirm
nor deny the existence of God; also banned in the Soviet Union in 1928
for metaphysical themes inconsistent with Marxist-Leninist ideology;
and removed from the libraries of Franco's Spain in 1939, just one of
many “such disgraceful writers” (Bald, p. 286).
The first of his three Critiques, Kant’s
Critick of Pure Reason
lished in German in 1781), represents the “full maturity” of his philo-
sophical thought. It treats the problem of “how it is possible for the
individual thinking subject to connect together the parts of his expe-
rience in the form we call cognition… The influence of Kant is par-
amount in the critical method of modern philosophy” (PMM 226). A