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Kant, Immanuel

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was one of the leading philosophers of the Enlightenment and has had a lasting impact on modern philosophy. He made his most notable contributions after the age of 50, when he made major original contributions to epistemology and metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics, and, toward the end of his life, political philosophy.

Kant was born on April 22, 1724, in Konigsberg, East Prussia. (Today, Konigsberg is called Kaliningrad and is in the part of Russia that is just above Poland and split off from the main part of Russia.) Kant was one of nine children. He attended the University of Konigsberg and then for the next 15 years served as a tutor to wealthy families in East Prussia. During this time, Kant’s financial resources ...

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