The Bounds of Sense

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The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
Cover of The Bounds of Sense.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Peter Strawson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Critique of Pure Reason
Published 1966
Media type Print
Pages 296 (1975 edition)
ISBN 0-416-83560-0 (paperback)
0-416-29100-7 (paperback)

The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is a 1966 book about Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (1781) by Peter Strawson, a 20th-century Oxford philosopher.


The Bounds of Sense is a critical reading of Kant's text (referring to parts of it as proceeding "by a non sequitur of numbing grossness"[1]), 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 Bounds of Sense, along with Jonathan Bennett's Kant's Analytic (Cambridge, 1966), reinvigorated Kant studies.


  1. ^ Strawson, P. F. (1990), The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Routledge, p. 137, ISBN 0-415-04030-2