Introduction: Two Ways to Encounter Kant
This book focuses on Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The work of a great historical figure like Kant can be approached in two quite different ways—one fairly austere and the other comparatively relaxed. First approach is called the Apollonian which is marked by an especially close reading of the text, philological attention to nuances of interpretation, a careful tracing of intellectual influences, and a continuous awareness of the border historical, cultural, and socio-political setting within which the work developed and emerged. And the second approach is the Dionysian, which in contrast, aims at depicting what we might call ‘The Living Kant’, a practicing philosopher who is much smarter than most of us and consequently capable of teaching us a great number of interesting things. This is a whole book about Kant's Critique of Pure Reason written from a largely Dionysian perspective.
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