A Companion to Kant (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

This Companion presents an authoritative survey of the total diversity of Kant’s paintings, giving readers an concept of its large scope, its striking success, and its carrying on with skill to generate philosophical curiosity. * Written by way of a world solid of students * Covers the entire significant works of the severe philosophy, in addition to the pre-critical works * topics lined diversity from arithmetic and philosophy of technology, via epistemology and metaphysics, to ethical and political philosophy

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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. To them, Kant’s attack on objective proofs for God’s existence, and his denial of knowledge to make room for faith, seemed dangerously subversive. And his Enlightenment principles – that all individuals have not only a right but even a duty to think for themselves in religious matters, and that the state should encourage such free thought by protecting a “public” realm of discourse from all state interference – these seemed to the new King and his orthodox followers like recipes for civil anarchy.

He was hard-working, patient and utterly devoted to his work as a scientist, scholar, and philosopher, but he was also both shrewd and ambitious, never missing out on the personal advantages he gained through the professional success and prosperity he eventually achieved. He was a gregarious, sociable man, but sometimes quarreled with his friends, and a number of his friendships came to an abrupt end. Though Kant believed above all in thinking for oneself, in his habits and lifestyle he seems at times to have been curiously open to the influence of certain friends – early in life, to Johann Daniel Funk, later in life to Joseph Green.

He was a learned and intelligent man, the author of whimsical, satirical plays and novels in the style of Laurence Sterne. He also wrote progressive political treatises defending the civil equality of Jews, and argued for a quite radical position on the social status of women, advocating the reform of marriage to ensure their equality with men in all spheres of life. Hippel’s views on the emancipation of women were far in advance of Kant’s own, even though at the time rumor had it that Kant shared in the authorship of these writings.

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