Nk’s comment and link to this book is worth advancing to a post: in my use of Kant in WHEE in the period about 1998 when I first started a section called ‘Kant’s Challenge’ (the original in the first edition was one paragraph) I began to consider how to make Kant comprehensible: answer, use the last half of his first critique, skipping the early chapters on space and the transcendental deduction. Many have always recommended starting with the last half of CPR with its antinomies, and Bryan Magee adopted precisely this approach and his book here is especially right in the way it starts with a the portrait of a child coming on the antinomies while going to sleep at night.
The ‘dialectic’ in CPR is relevant to the study of physics and it is remarkable to see how many books physicists (or should I chortle ‘string theorist’?) have written recently in complete naivete about these antinomies. In a way that is good: innocently stumbling into the antinomies is now the fate of just these physicists, and the brouhaha of discovering antinomial reality should prove interesting. We will discuss a current example, Something from Nothing: Krauss, a fascinating book, whatever the back and forth ‘howls of protest’ from opposite camps in the ‘new atheism’ debate.
Many fail to see the influence of Schopenhauer in the period after 1870> Hartmann, Freud, Tolstoy (the young novelist’s interest in Schopenhauer is lost in the later image we have of Tolstoy), and many others, including physicists like Schrodinger.