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Kant: A Very Short Introduction

Roger Scruton

Publication Date - December 2001

ISBN: 9780192801999

160 pages
4-1/2 x 7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

An accessible and engaging introduction to one of the most important--and most difficult--philosophers


Immanuel Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but is also one of the most difficult. In this illuminating Very Short Introduction, Roger Scruton--a well-known and controversial philosopher in his own right--tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


  • Provides accessible coverage of Immanuel Kant, arguably the most influential and most difficult modern philosopher
  • Explores the background to Kant's work, showing why iCritique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring

About the Author(s)

Roger Scruton is a well-known philosopher and the author of The Aesthetics of Music and a co-author of German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche.


"Roger Scruton faced perhaps the most intractable task of all in giving an elementary account of Kant's philosophy... but he does it extremely elegantly and neatly."--Listener