I'm currently reading through the Critique of Pure Reason for the first time and have on hand a book by Martin Heidegger titled, "Phenomenological Interpretations of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason." I was wondering if I should use this as a supplementary work to the Critique, tackle it alone, or use another secondary source for better understanding. So far I'm not having any real trouble with the work, but I assume that I'll probably need some help eventually.

TL;DR: I'm wondering if Heidegger's commentaries on Kant's Critique are a good supplement for a first time reading of the Critique.

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    The Heidegger work I am unfamiliar with. But let me recommend the Routledge guidebook to the Critique of Pure Reason. Feb 19, 2020 at 10:05
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    Maybe useful Cambridge Companions and Intro Feb 19, 2020 at 10:33
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    Also Karl Ameriks' Interpreting Kant's Critiques (2003). Feb 19, 2020 at 10:34
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    I've not read it, but IMO Heidegger's book may be too much "theory- (Heidegger's) laden" Feb 19, 2020 at 10:36
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    I agree that Heidegger's "commentaries" on other authors are more about Heidegger than the material. He heavily distorts the meaning of a text whenever it suits his own agenda. So, not exactly a good companion of one wants to understand Kant.
    – Philip Klöcking
    Feb 19, 2020 at 10:43

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Heidegger is usually a good Kant scholar unless you're interested in Kant's philosophy of natural science (which is very significant but doesn't exhaust the whole). He usually speaks a lot (indirectly) about the difference between Kant and neo-Kantians and German Idealists, both of whom pursue the more logically-minded part of Kant's work and give up Kant's notion of dependence of thought on intuition. I think he's a reliable source but, of course, you don't have to agree with Heidegger that these elements in Kant's work which Heidegger finds most important for his own thought. It's interesting to contrast Kant with Fichte, Hegel etc.

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