"What causes earthquakes, and do they have any positive value? How were the craters formed on the moon? When is it wrong to copy a book, and why? Does the moon influence the weather on earth?" * * * * These are the key questions addressed by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) in the four essays presented in this book. Kant's major systematic works, such as *Critique of Pure Reason*, are still the subject of much debate among contemporary philosophers. Indeed, Kant is widely regarded as the greatest Western philosopher since Aristotle. Yet some of his many minor writings are often ignored. Nineteen of them were anonymously translated into English as early as 1798-99, the true identity of the translator remaining an unsolved riddle up to now. In the present work, Stephen Palmquist revises four of these essays that have never been retranslated in the intervening two centuries, and solves the mystery of the translator's identity by demonstrating that it was the work of one of the earliest and most devoted English Kant-scholars, John Richardson. He also translates for the first time an exchange of letters between Kant and Richardson, as well as excerpts from various other untranslated letters. The book also includes a reprint of Richardson's unique essay on Kant's Life and Writings, and an updated version of Palmquist's 'Exhaustive Bibliography'--an indispensable tool for anyone who wishes to read Kant in English. -from the back cover text
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Published January 1, 1994
by Philopsychy Press.