Birth of German Philosopher Immanuel Kant

Birth of German Philosopher Immanuel Kant

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German philosopher Immanuel Kant is born in Königsberg, Prussia. Kant will never leave Königsberg — he's born here, he studies here, he teaches here, and he dies here.

Immanuel Kant lives at a time when modern science is getting started and making great strides in producing reliable, testable knowledge about the world around us. The impact of this is felt on philosophy and Kant is one of the earliest as well as one of the most important philosophers to try to incorporate scientific methodology and thinking into his philosophical works.

Kant's magnum opus, Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft, 1781), for example, will be an attempt to unite pure reason with empirical experience and science. For Kant, it's an attempt to start nothing less than a Copernican Revolution in philosophy itself.

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Immanuel Kant: Marrying Rationalism and Empiricism

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