Immanuel Kant, preparatory draft for Kritik der reinen Vernunft, [c.1785].

Scope and Content

Immanuel Kant, preparatory draft for Kritik der reinen Vernunft [Critique of pure reason].

One manuscript sheet in the hand of Immanuel Kant, one side in German, the other side in Latin. The former begins 'Wie kann man wissen was in einem Dinge uberhaupt was gar nicht den Sinnen gegeben ist.'[Konigsberg, c.1785]. (2pp)

Accompanied by a certificate of R Reitke, librarian of Konigsberg, that the document is in the hand of Kant [Konigsberg, 22 November 1879]. (1p)

A note, in German, that the text is a draft for Kritik der reinen Vernunft. (1p)

An engraved reproduction of portrait of Immanuel Kant from a painting by by von Dobler, 1791. Engraved and printed by A Weger, Leipzig. Original in Konigsberg.

Administrative / Biographical History

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), highly influential Prussian philosopher, famous for his Critique of pure reason, as well as other works such as Critique of practical reason and Critique of judgement.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1944.


Call number used to be ms704

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: marbled boards. Paper: 11.6x20.2cm mounted on hand made, signed (F J Head) paper 18x24.8cm.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

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