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Kant, Immanuel (1724–1804)

  • By: Barney Warf
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Best known as a philosopher primarily concerned with ethics and epistemology, Immanuel Kant was also an important figure in the history of geography, although this aspect of his career is often overlooked. Indeed, he lectured on geography and numerous other topics at the University of Königsberg for 40 years (from 1756 to 1797), a century before it became a university discipline.

Kant's Philosophy of Time and Space

Essentially, Kant tried to resolve the debate between British empiricists and Continental rationalists. He was deeply affected by the works of David Hume, which he read for 11 years, and he accepted that true knowledge began with the senses, a position held by the empiricists; however, he departed from Hume in arguing that the mind is predisposed to a rational ...

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