Shahar and Jon posted their respective texts yesterday, so I thought I’d quickly say a couple of things about the reading group. Again, if you haven’t had a chance to see how we did it last summer, check out Braver reading group (click the book image below Maimon’s). We will being the reading of the Essay itself next week, so this week’s purpose was to get us in the (philosophical) mood. If you have little or no background in Maimon, I think a great place to start is Stanford Encyclopedia’s excellent entry on Maimon (Jon has provided a link in his post on bibliographical sources) or Nick Midgley’s Introduction found in the English translation (although it might be a bit difficult if you have no context whatsoever).
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Once we get to the actual text, the English translation was wise enough to include the pagination from Maimon’s original edition (they can be found at the top of the page on the inside of the page), so you can cite by the original page number, especially since the Index uses it for reference, the same way Kant is usually cited – but as long we’re all on the same page, it’s fine. I would suggest a simple English/German format: “Quote” (133/252).