A Companion to Kant (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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This Companion presents an authoritative survey of the full variety of Kant’s paintings, giving readers an concept of its enormous scope, its awesome success, and its carrying on with skill to generate philosophical curiosity. * Written by means of a world forged of students * Covers the entire significant works of the severe philosophy, in addition to the pre-critical works * topics coated diversity from arithmetic and philosophy of technological know-how, via epistemology and metaphysics, to ethical and political philosophy

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Two years after coming to power, he removed Baron von Zedlitz (the man to whom Kant had dedicated the Critique of Pure Reason) from the position of Minister of Education, replacing him with J. C. Wöllner (whom Frederick the Great had described as a “deceitful, scheming parson”). Both the king and his new minister believed that the stability of the state depends directly on correct religious belief among its subjects, and hence that those who questioned Christian orthodoxy were directly threatening the foundations of civil peace.

Hamann was a thinker and writer of 17 ACTC01 17 19/5/06, 2:19 PM allen w. wood great brilliance, but his views – like his personality – could hardly have been more different from Kant’s. Hamann was an eccentric religious thinker, who combined philosophical skepticism with fideist irrationalism. He had a troubled life-history, and lived an unconventional life (for instance, cohabiting with a woman he never married). Kant even seems to have helped him out financially for a time. Personally, Hamann was an imprudent, unstable, unhealthy man.

Just as Beethoven, the most revolutionary of all composers, wrote some of his most original music after he was totally deaf, so Kant, the most cosmopolitan of all philosophers, lived in an isolated province of northeastern Europe and never traveled farther than 30 miles from the place of his birth. In the Latin inaugural dissertation he wrote on assuming his professorship at Königsberg, On the Forms and Principles of the Sensible and Intelligible World, Kant took several important steps in the direction we can now see eventually led him to the “critical philosophy” of the 1780s and 1790s.

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