This Companion presents an authoritative survey of the entire variety of Kant’s paintings, giving readers an concept of its monstrous scope, its striking success, and its carrying on with skill to generate philosophical curiosity. * Written through a world forged of students * Covers all of the significant works of the serious philosophy, in addition to the pre-critical works * topics coated diversity from arithmetic and philosophy of technology, via epistemology and metaphysics, to ethical and political philosophy
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But Kant never mentions him, either here or in any other of his works. 21). When the book was out Kant sent a copy with a very flattering letter to Leonard Euler (1707–83), who is today famous for Euler’s number and the beta-function that triggered the superstring revolution, but who was then known as a critic of Knutzen. Kant’s indifference towards his teacher appears to 35 ACTC02 35 19/5/06, 2:19 PM martin schönfeld have been mirrored by Knutzen’s impression of his student. Knutzen never mentions Kant when writing about students he was proud of, and the students he favored, Friedrich Buck (1722–86) and Johann Weitenkampf (b.
Calculating the momentum of projectiles or measuring the energy in collisions was acceptable if the conclusions concerned the details at hand, but wondering about the wider implications of such research was different. Inquiring too deeply about the forces of nature might eventually question religious authority and its doctrines. Hence academics and intellectuals, especially those schooled in theology, had problems with the philosophical upshot of dynamics. The marginalization of the pioneers of dynamics was thus no surprise.
Kant helped the young J. G. Fichte to begin his philosophical career by aiding him in the publication of his first work, Attempt at a Critique of All Revelation (1792). 371). 18 ACTC01 18 19/5/06, 2:19 PM kant’s life and works Kant’s Character The complexity of Kant’s conduct toward particular people naturally raises questions about what sort of man he was. Today, of course, just as in eighteenth-century Königsberg, this is a matter that must be up to each of us to decide for ourselves. I think that on the whole, Kant seems to have been neither a particularly admirable nor a particularly unlikable human being.
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