Kant: A Biography

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants amongst the pantheon of Western philosophers as well as the one with the most powerful and broad influence on contemporary philosophy. It is well known that Kant spent his entire life in an isolated part of Prussia living the life of a typical university professor. This has given rise to the view that Kant was a pure thinker with no life of his own, or at least none worth considering seriously. In this biography, Manfred Kuehn debunks that myth once and for all. Taking account of the most recent scholarship Professor Kuehn allows the reader (whether interested in philosophy, history, politics, German culture, or religion) to follow the same journey that Kant himself took in emerging as a central figure in modern philosophy.
 

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This book bills itself as "the first full-length biography of Kant in over fifty years," but it is more than that. Other biographies are available, after all, including neo-Kantian Ernst Cassirer's ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Childhood and Early Youth 17241740
24
Student and Private Teacher 17401755
61
The Elegant Magister 17551764
100
A Palingenesis and Its Consequences 17641769
144
Silent Years 17701780
188
AllCrushing Critic of Metaphysics 17801784
238
Founder of a Metaphysics of Morals 17841787
277
Problems with Religion and Politics 17881795
329
The Old Man 17961804
386
Notes
423
Works Cited
511
Index
531
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