Born in Königsberg, Prussia, Immanuel Kant is the only writer included in this book to have been a philosophy professor. Kant published his massive Critique of Pure Reason (CPR) in 1781, which he revised in 1787. In between, he wrote the Prolegomena (1783). As you’ll see, Kant was stung by the critical reception of the Critique; the Prolegomena is intended to serve as a kind of introduction to the Critique. I’ve interspersed relevant parts of the Critique within the text of the Prolegomena below.
Here, by section number, is an outline of the Prolegomena, using Kant’s own headings. I’ve also indicated where i’ve introduced material from the CPR.
- Section Six: The Main Transcendental Question—First Part: How is pure Mathematics possible? to Section Thirteen: The First Part, Continued: How is pure mathematics possible?
- From the CPR: The CPR: “The Transcendental Aesthetic”, Section One, “Of Space”
- Sections The Prolegomena, Section Fourteen: The Main Transcendental Question—Second Part: How is pure Natural Science possible? to The Prolegomena, Section Fourteen: The Main Transcendental Question—Second Part: How is pure Natural Science possible?–Section Thirty: The Second Part, Continued: How is pure natural science possible?
- From the CPR: The CPR: “The Second Analogy”
- The Prolegomena, Section Thirty-one: The Second Part, Continued to Section 39 [Missing in orginal]
- Sections The Prolegomena, Section Forty: The Main Transcendental Question—Third Part: How is Metaphysics possible at all? to Section Forty-nine: “Psychological Idea”, Continued: How is metaphysics possible at all?
- From CPR: The CPR, “The Paralogisms of Pure Reason”
- Sections The Prolegomena, Section Fifty: “The Cosmological Idea” to Section Sixty: Conclusion, Continued: Conclusion
(Textual note: the standard translations of Kant’s work are in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant in Translation. Norman Kemp Smith’s translation of the Critique of Pure Reason is still very useful, however.)