The Philosophy of Kant (Modern Library)

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Many contemporaries criticized him for smashing the Age of Reason.  Goethe, however, remarked that reading a page of Immanuel Kant was like entering a bright and well-lighted room:  The great eighteenth-century philosopher illuminated everything he ever pondered.  The twelve essays in this volume reveal Kant's towering importance as an ethical and social thinker as well as his enduring influence on the shape of philosophy.  Included are excerpts from Dreams of a Visionary, Prolegomena to Every Future Metaphysics, Metaphysical Foundations of Morals, Critique of Judgement, and Eternal Peace.

As Professor Friedrich writes in his introduction to this volume:  "The problem of freedom, the freedom of the human personality to unfold and fulfill its higher destiny, is the central issue of all of Kant's philosophizing."

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"I have had the good fortune to know a philosopher who was my teacher. He in his most vigorous manhood had the liveliness of a youth which will, I believe, accompany him into his old age. His forehead, built for thinking, was the seat of indestructible serenity and joy, talk rich in ideas issued from his lips, joking, humor and wit were at his disposal, and his teaching lectures were the most amusing concourse....Every new discovery he assessed, and he always returned to the genuine knowledge of nature and to the moral value of man. The history of man, of peoples, and of nature, mathematics, and experience were the founts from which he enlivened his lectures and his conversation; nothing worth knowing left him indifferent....This man whom I name with the greatest gratitude and respect is Immanuel Kant."

--J.G. Herder

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