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KANT, Immanuel.

Frühere noch nicht gesammelte kleine Schriften.

[Bound with:] Ueber das radikale Böse in der menschlichen Natur.

Linz: auf Kosten des Herausgebers, [no place or publisher for second title], 1795 [& 1792] Stock Code: 138465
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Kant's analysis of human evil

First collected edition of the first work, and first edition in book form of the second, following publication in April that year in the Berlinischen Monatsschrift. The Frühere noch nicht gesammelte kleine Schriften collects together five of Kant's essays, first published from 1746 to 1795; it includes De Mundi Sensibilis, his inaugural dissertation for the University of Königsberg which expressed ideas which he would develop into the Kritik der reinen Vernunft. A second volume, with additional writings, followed in 1797. The Ueber das radikale Böse in der menschlichen Natur offers Kant's analysis of human evil within his philosophical system, presenting it as rooted in a tendency towards evil within human nature. The work influenced Hannah Arendt in her analysis of the holocaust, taking Kant's "radical evil" as the premise of her 1957 book Über das Böse.

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2 works in 1 volume, octavo (191 x 114 mm). Contemporary tree sheep, twin orange and brown paper labels lettered in gilt, smooth spine gilt to compartments, initials "J.G.A" stamped in gilt at foot, patterned endpapers, red sprinkled edges, green silk bookmark.


First work with two plates of figures on one folded sheet at end, the second work complete with the terminal blank.


19th-century ownership inscriptions to front free endpaper and to title page. Other than the very lightest of rubbing to extremities and to labels, and slight bumping at foot of covers, the binding in exceptional condition; the contents with occasional light foxing yet otherwise clean, small marginal tear to final text leaf of second work. Both excellent copies, in a well-preserved contemporary German binding.


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