Critik der practischen Vernunft.
Neueste Auflage.Frankfurt and Leipzig: [no publisher,] 1795 Stock Code: 143962
Early edition of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason (first published in 1788), in a contemporary German binding, fresh and unrestored. The Critique was the second of Kant's critical works, in which he developed the concept of categorical imperative. It further established Kant's moral thinking as a cardinal reference in the successive development of ethics.
"The influence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern philosophy. No other thinker has been able to hold with such firmness the balance between speculative and empirical ideas. His penetrating analysis of the elements involved in synthesis, and the subjective process by which these elements are realized in the individual consciousness, demonstrated the operation of 'pure reason'; and the simplicity and cogency of his arguments achieved immediate fame" (PMM).
From the library, with posthumous bookplate to the front pastedown, of German politician Maximilian Joseph Pfeiffer (1875-1926). Pfeiffer served in the Reichstag intermittently from 1907 to 1924 as a member of the centrist Zentrumspartei, for which he was general secretary from 1918 to 1920. From 1912 he was librarian at the court and state library in Munich, and published various works.
Octavo (191 x 110 mm). Contemporary German half sheep, brown calf label, smooth spine richly gilt to compartments, marbled sides and endpapers.
Minor pencilled annotations. Title leaf loosening very slightly at foot with short closed tear to fore edge, contents with some light browning and foxing; a very good copy.
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