Kant – Physical Geography translation

The Natural Science volume in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant is now listed, with a May  an August 2012 publication date. It includes a translation of the Rink edition of Kant’s Physical Geography lectures. Though there are some parts already available in English, this will be the first full translation. The Rink edition has some serious problems, but it will be worthwhile simply to have something available.

The translator is Olaf Reinhardt, who wrote a piece on translating the text for the Reading Kant’s Geography book I co-edited. Also in that text, Werner Stark discusses the work he had to do to put together a critical edition of the lectures for the Akademie Ausgabe of Kant’s writings. I hope some of the cautions expressed in that volume are heeded as English language readers are finally able to look at Kant on this topic.

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5 Responses to Kant – Physical Geography translation

  1. Dean says:

    We can hope that care is taken, though I would be sceptical.

  2. Dean says:

    It will certainly be quite interesting to see how geographers engage with the edited volume and the translation.

  3. Marnia says:

    I would like to know if there is a moderately priced translation of Kant’s Physical Geography. The going price of over $180 is prohibitive for an individiual and even some libraries.

    • stuartelden says:

      Cambridge have tended to produce a paperback a couple of years later than the initial hardback, at around 1/3 of the price. I don’t have any more information than that.

      • Marnia says:

        Thank you. I am finding your book, Reading Kant’s Geography, extremely helpful to my work.

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