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prolegomena
  1. Plural of prolegomenon An introduction at the start of a book, usually used in plural form.

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Prolegomenon (plural "prolegomena") refers to any critical introduction or essay at the start of a book.
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics is one of the shorter works by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. It was published in 1783, two years after the first edition of his Critique of Pure Reason.
Prolegomena contains an overview and defense of the Critique‘s main conclusions, sometimes by arguments Kant had not used in the Critique. Kant characterizes his more accessible approach here as an "analytic" one, as opposed to the Critique‘s "synthetic" examination of successive faculties of the mind and their principles.
The book is also intended as a polemic. Kant was disappointed by the poor reception of the Critique of Pure Reason, and here he repeatedly emphasizes the importance of its critical project for the very existence of metaphysics as a science. The final appendix contains a detailed rebuttal to an unfavorable review of the Critique.
In the standard Akademie edition of Kant's works, the Prolegomena takes up part of Volume V.

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prolegomena in German: Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik, die als Wissenschaft wird auftreten können
prolegomena in Spanish: Prolegómenos a toda metafísica futura que pueda presentarse como ciencia
prolegomena in Macedonian: Пролегомена за секоја идна метафизика која ќе може да настапи како наука
prolegomena in Finnish: Prolegomena
prolegomena in Japanese: 学として現れるであろうあらゆる将来の形而上学のためのプロレゴメナ
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