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A Short History of German Philosophy$
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Vittorio Hösle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167190

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167190.001.0001

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The German Ethical Revolution: Immanuel Kant

The German Ethical Revolution: Immanuel Kant

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(p.57) 5 The German Ethical Revolution: Immanuel Kant
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A Short History of German Philosophy
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Vittorio Hösle

, Steven Rendall
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167190.003.0005

This chapter examines the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). Kant made the study of the German language, in which he wrote all his important works, almost obligatory for philosophers in every country for a century and a half. He remained connected with the university almost his whole adult life, with the exception of the six years he spent as a private tutor; and the university, in consequence, acquired national and international prestige as a place in which not only guild interests but also intellectual innovations had their place. Kant published his first epoch-making philosophical work, the Kritik der reinen Vernunft (Critique of Pure Reason) in 1781, when he was fifty-seven; up to that point, the greatest recognition for his work in philosophy came for the Untersuchung über die Deutlichkeit der Grundsätze der natürlichen Theologie und der Moral (Inquiry Concerning the Distinctness of the Principles of Natural Theology and Morality, 1764), which received a (second) prize from the Berlin Academy of Sciences.

Keywords:   German philosophy, German history, Immanuel Kant, German philosophers, Critique of Pure Reason, German language

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