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Cambridge one is academically authoritative translation, while Pluhar’s translation paid attention to careful and The Critique of Pure Reason ( book). With this volume, Werner Pluhar completes his work on Kant’s three Critiques, fluent, and accessible, Pluhar’s rendition of the Critique of Practical Reason. “On Critique of Pure Reason: The text rendered by Pluhar is the work of an expert translator the virtues of his text are manifold; his translation exhibits an.

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Pluhar is a veteran and highly accomplished translator whose work consistently has exhibited an equal mastery of German and English as well as the arguments of the texts he has translated.

Those who have profited from his earlier translations of the First and especially Third Critiques will not be disappointed with this text. Accompanying the text is a fine introduction by Stephen Engstroman extensive glossary ten pagesa twenty-seven-page bibliography, and an index the final three not found in the Beck and Critqiue editions.

Pluhar appears to view the task of the translator as follows: In phre respects, Pluhar succeeds admirably. Contributing in no small measure to this success is his consistent practice of providing justification for every controversial or difficult rendering of words and expressions, particularly when the translation departs from the Beck or especially Gregor editions.


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This reviewer judges these changes to be most welcome and overdue correctives. The translation of these standard terms not only is more consistent with what Kant means but also brings the reader closer to the original text. Consider, similarly, a few additional examples. For instance, Kant sometimes maintains that pleasure informs practical reasoning only to the extent that one can sense —that critiuqe, with one or more senses—the gratification one will receive from a certain desirable crotique.

In all, there are nine hundred eighty six footnote references to the translation. Some readers no doubt will find this excessive and a distraction, which, if not simply ignored, makes an otherwise reader-friendly translation cumbersome to work through.

I think, however, that this assessment should be resisted. The payoff far exceeds any annoyance to the reader. The extensive cross-references to other works of Kant provide a good study guide for those whose knowledge of Kant is less than that of a seasoned scholar. Identification of Latin roots for some Kantian terminology informs the reader when certain expressions critiquue legal connections or connotations.


Furthermore, supplying the German original for certain terms and expressions offers a reader with some command of German a guideline for deciding when it might be necessary to refer back to the original German text and the context in which the term or expression appeared. In sum, this reviewer does not find the use of footnote references over-indulgent; on the contrary, they contribute to the overall effective study of the text.


Since the publisher has an admirable tradition of marketing relatively inexpensive editions of philosophical classics for classroom and general use, the introduction is an important component of the overall success of the book.

As a result, there are closer inspections than the reader receives from Engstrom of Theorems I-III and of the way in which Kant explains how reason can be a genuine motivational force in human decision and action. An additional asset is that the student can more readily discern that Kant is attempting to overcome two forms of reductionism rationalism and sentimentalism along with two forms of skepticism about the rational foundation for morality skepticism about rationalism being associated with standard suspicion about moral perfectionism and its theistic underpinning.

Engstrom captures these themes quite well. In sum, this reviewer highly recommends this translation.