Michael Friedman's Kant's Construction of Nature is the first Anglophone book-length treatment of Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. Friedman has given us an extraordinary book—clearly the fruit of decades of thought and labor from a philosophical mind of the first order. It will be read and studied, I believe, for many years to come.

The goal of the book is to give what Friedman calls a “reading” of Kant's Metaphysical Foundations that situates it in Kant's intellectual context. At around six times the length of the Metaphysical Foundations itself, Kant's Construction provides a wealth of detailed and sustained discussion of both the large themes and small points in the Metaphysical Foundations. Though not offering a traditional line-by-line commentary, Friedman ends up discussing virtually every paragraph of Kant's book.

In this review, I'll focus on two of the largest themes of...

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