The Bounds of Sense  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is a 1966 book by P.F. Strawson, a 20th-century Oxford philosopher. The book is a critical reading of Kant's text (referring to parts of it as proceeding "by a non sequitur of numbing grossness"), with an emphasis on the analytical argument of the transcendental deduction, which Strawson takes to be one of the few lasting contributions Kant made to philosophy. The title is a play on a title Kant himself proposed for the Critique of Pure Reason, with "sense" referring both to the mind and the sense faculties, and hence the bounds can be either those of reason or sensation. The book, along with Jonathan Bennett's Kant's Analytic (Cambridge, 1966), reinvigorated Kant studies.

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