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OF NATURAL SCIENCE.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL,
WITH A BIOGRAPHY AND INTRODUCTION,
ERNEST BELFORT BAX,
AUTHOR OF “ JEAN PAUL MARAT : A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH," &0.
SECOND EDITION REVISED.
LONDON : GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,
LONDON : BEPRINTED FROM THE STEREOTYPE PLATES BY WM. CLOWES & SONS, LTD.,
STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.
The growing interest taken in philosophy in this country has led to the issue of the present volume of “Bohn's Philosophical Library," containing the presentation for the first time to the British public of one work, important alike to the votary of physical science and of philosophy, and an entirely fresh translation of another which is absolutely indispensable at least to the philosophical student of Kant.
Only two English translations of the “ Prolegomena have bitherto been published. The first (a very bad one), by John Richardson, appeared in 1818, and has been out of print for many years past. The second (based on the last-mentioned) forms one of the volumes in Professor Mahaffy's series entitled, “ Kant's Critical Philosophy for English Readers,” and while avowedly a somewhat free rendering, conveys the sense of the original fairly well, but its relatively high price places it beyond the reach of many persons. The present translation aims at giving, as far as possible, the ipsissima verba of Kant. No attempt has been made to convert the cumbrous German of the original into elegant English. Even the form and length of the sentences have been retained wherever possible, as it has been thought preferable to place before the reader Kant himself, with all his lack of literary polish, rather than any mere paraphrase of Kant.
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