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This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants among the pantheon of Western philosophers, and one of the most powerful and influential in contemporary philosophy. Taking account of the most recent scholarship, Manfred Kuehn allows the reader to follow the same journey that Kant himself took in emerging as a central fig This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants among the pantheon of Western philosophers, and one of the most powerful and influential in contemporary philosophy. Taking account of the most recent scholarship, Manfred Kuehn allows the reader to follow the same journey that Kant himself took in emerging as a central figure in modern philosophy. Manfred Kuehn was formerly Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. A specialist on German philosophy of the period, he is the author of numerous articles and papers on Immanuel Kant.


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This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants among the pantheon of Western philosophers, and one of the most powerful and influential in contemporary philosophy. Taking account of the most recent scholarship, Manfred Kuehn allows the reader to follow the same journey that Kant himself took in emerging as a central fig This is the first full-length biography in more than fifty years of Immanuel Kant, one of the giants among the pantheon of Western philosophers, and one of the most powerful and influential in contemporary philosophy. Taking account of the most recent scholarship, Manfred Kuehn allows the reader to follow the same journey that Kant himself took in emerging as a central figure in modern philosophy. Manfred Kuehn was formerly Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. A specialist on German philosophy of the period, he is the author of numerous articles and papers on Immanuel Kant.

30 review for Kant: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    As the lives of great philosophers go, Kant’s was not among the most exciting. He was not sentenced to death like Socrates. He did not father a horde of illegitimate children like Rousseau. He was not excommunicated by his religious community like Spinoza, and his life did not end in syphilis-induced insanity like Nietzsche. He was not involved in any scandalous open love affairs like Sartre. He was not a card-carrying member of any fascist political parties like Heidegger and did not serve in a As the lives of great philosophers go, Kant’s was not among the most exciting. He was not sentenced to death like Socrates. He did not father a horde of illegitimate children like Rousseau. He was not excommunicated by his religious community like Spinoza, and his life did not end in syphilis-induced insanity like Nietzsche. He was not involved in any scandalous open love affairs like Sartre. He was not a card-carrying member of any fascist political parties like Heidegger and did not serve in any world wars like Wittgenstein. At the same time, though, neither was his life as flat, mechanical, and lifeless as has often been thought. One can hardly read an introduction to Kant without coming across some mention of the regularity of his evening walks or his lifelong celibacy. Yet one of the great merits of Kuehn’s book is to dispel this caricature fabricated by Kant’s early biographers and perpetuated by scholars ever since. Kuehn’s portrait is of an elegant, well-liked, and highly sociable member of Königsberg’s intellectual elite whose life consisted in dinner parties and learned gatherings at least as much as it did in isolated philosophical contemplation. Admittedly, the picture that emerges is also sometimes disappointing. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Kant was, to borrow from Nietzsche, "human, all too human." Hypochondriacal, self-involved, somewhat egotistical and at times even prone to showing disregard for his friends and colleagues, Kant's character is considerably less edifying than one might have expected given his moral rigourism. Despite this, however, he was unquestionably a philosophical genius, and Kuehn's account of the slow deterioration of his mental faculties over the last decade of his life is both tragic and deeply moving. All in all, Kuehn's book provides a thorough and engaging look into the life of one of the most fascinating philosophers - though certainly not into one of the most fascinating lives! - in all of Western thought. It is especially helpful in contextualizing Kant's thought by shedding light on his Pietist upbringing, his rejection of organized religion, and his philosophical concerns in the so-called "pre-critical" period. It is a must-read for all students of Kant's thought and more generally of Enlightenment philosophy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    An excellent and authoritative biography.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alp Turgut

    Aydınlanma Çağı’nın en büyük filozoflarından biri olan Immanuel Kant’ın hayatını okuyucuya sunan "Kant", yazarın düşünceleriyle hayatını birleştirerek anlamlı bir okuma sunan oldukça başarılı bir biyografi. Kendinden önceki Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume ve Rousseau’nun izinden giderek özellikle ahlak felsefesinde çığır açan noktalara parmak basan Kant, diğerlerinin aksine zamanına göre oldukça popüler olmakla beraber saygı duyulan da bir figür. İnsanda karakter gelişiminin 40 yaşından sonra tama Aydınlanma Çağı’nın en büyük filozoflarından biri olan Immanuel Kant’ın hayatını okuyucuya sunan "Kant", yazarın düşünceleriyle hayatını birleştirerek anlamlı bir okuma sunan oldukça başarılı bir biyografi. Kendinden önceki Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume ve Rousseau’nun izinden giderek özellikle ahlak felsefesinde çığır açan noktalara parmak basan Kant, diğerlerinin aksine zamanına göre oldukça popüler olmakla beraber saygı duyulan da bir figür. İnsanda karakter gelişiminin 40 yaşından sonra tamamlandığını bu yüzden insanın bu yaşa kadar kendini geliştirmesinin zorunlu olduğunu savunan Kant, bu yaşa gelmeden önce tüm düşünme malzemelerinin toplamış olmamız gerektiğini belirtiyor. Kısaca Kant, entelektüel meselelerde kırkından sonra başardığımız her şey, kırkından önce topladığımız malzemelere ve karakteristik yargılara bağlı diyor. Karakter ise maksimler üzerine inşa edildiğinin altını çizen ünlü filozof, konuyu insanların hayatlarını sürdürebilmek ve ahlaki değerlerini koruyabilmek için maksimlere göre yaşamalarını gerektiğine bağlıyor. Akılcılıkta ısrar etmesine rağmen din kavramının bir yere kadar bu konuda yararlı olduğunu söyleyen Kant’ın iyi bir dünya vatandaşı olmayı iyi maksimlere sahip olmayla bağdaştırdığını belirtmek gerek. Voltaire’in “Candide” adlı eserini “öteki dünya”nın olmadığını bu yüzden mutluluk için daha iyi bir dünya ummak yerine kendi bahçemizi kendimiz biçmemiz gerektiğini savunan Kant’ın din konusundaki görüşleri ise Spinoza ve Hume’a yakın duruyor. Ölümle beraber her şeyin sona ereceğini ve hayatın bu dünyada bulduklarımızın ötesinde bir anlam taşımadığını kabul eden Kant, bilge kişiyle bilge olmayan arasındaki tek farkın aslında öteki dünyaya dair bilgilerimizin ne mümkün ne de zorunlu olduğunun farkındalığı olduğunu belirtiyor. Tanrı’nın varlığını kabul etmemiz gerektiğini fakat ispatının mümkün olmadığını belirten Kant’ın asıl bombası ise Tanrı kavramını hayali bir yüz lirayla gerçek bir yüz lira arasındaki fark ile anlatarak hayali bir kusursuz varlığın hiçbir alım gücü olmadığını bir tokat gibi söylemesi. Amerikan ve Fransız devrimlerinden etkilenerek Aydınlanma Felsefesini ileri taşıyan Kant’ın fazla ibadeti samimiyetsiz bulması ve bunu bir şekilde insanın kendi kendini kandırması olarak görmesi bir yerden sonra mevcut düzen için büyük tehdit olarak görülmeye başlanıyor. Ayrıca, Rousseau’nun izinden giderek cumhuriyet ve demokrasinin barışı getireceğini savunan Kant, evrensel vatandaş kavramı üzerinde dururken konuşma ve düşünme özgürlüğünün de altını çiziyor. Maksimlere göre yaşamasını bilen iyi, erdemli ve ahlaklı bir insan olabilmeyi daima odak noktasında bulunduran Kant’ın insan özgürlüğünü Tanrı’nın varlığından bile önemli tuttuğunu belirtmek gerek. Kısaca, aydınlanmanın merkezinde insanın kendi kendisinin efendisi olduğunu vurgulayarak insanları kilise veya monarşinin etkisinden kurtarmaya çalışmasıyla kendinden sonra gelen Hegel ve Marx’a ilham kaynağı olan Kant’a hayran bırakan bir biyografi. Tam notum 4,5/5. İstanbul, Türkiye 31.07.2019 Alp Turgut

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baris

    İyi çalışılmış, yorucu, dinamik kafayla okunması gereken bir kitap. Kitap Kant'ın biyografisi ve felsefesinin dökümü arasında gidip geliyor. Özellikle ikincisini tam layığıyla anlamak için emek ve zaman gerekiyor. İyi çalışılmış, yorucu, dinamik kafayla okunması gereken bir kitap. Kitap Kant'ın biyografisi ve felsefesinin dökümü arasında gidip geliyor. Özellikle ikincisini tam layığıyla anlamak için emek ve zaman gerekiyor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maryam

    کتاب خوبی نبود. تا صفحه ی ششصد و خورده ای بیشتر نتونستم ادامه بدم

  6. 5 out of 5

    Misha

    I learned so much from this biography. Like any normal 19-year-old, I do not pretend to have the mental fortitude nor the time to set out to read Kant's original works - thinking of struggling through the Critique of Pure Reason gives me a preliminary headache. Yet, from what I have learned about Kant during my secondary school philosophy classes, I do tend to find his ideas very interesting, or plainly agree with him. So as a philosophy enthusiast and to-be student, I knew I wanted to learn more I learned so much from this biography. Like any normal 19-year-old, I do not pretend to have the mental fortitude nor the time to set out to read Kant's original works - thinking of struggling through the Critique of Pure Reason gives me a preliminary headache. Yet, from what I have learned about Kant during my secondary school philosophy classes, I do tend to find his ideas very interesting, or plainly agree with him. So as a philosophy enthusiast and to-be student, I knew I wanted to learn more. When I came across this biography on Goodreads, I figured it was precisely what I needed. Biographies of great thinkers are the best and most accessible way of getting acquainted with their ideas, while also learning about what might have lead them to come up with these ideas, as well as discovering the odd funny peculiarity/gossip you can tell your friends afterwards for a bit of jest. But now here comes the catch, the primary reason I did not give this book 5 stars: this biography is not accessible... to the general reader. It was written by a German/American professor of philosophy who drops names of philosophers without context, mentions logical principles without explanation, and gives such short rebuttals of the most abstruse metaphysical arguments that it is necessary to re-read a paragraph some 2-3 times to adequately follow what is said. If this is the first philosophical book you read, you will probably start to doubt your own intellectual capabilities when you cannot follow it, and start to blame philosophy for being too difficult and dense for your liking. But still, this is a wonderful biography about a wonderful thinker. It does have very abstract and theoretical passages, but Kant was a very abstract and theoretical thinker, so you cannot but explain his ideas and their context in such a way. The point is, as long as you already posses intermediate knowledge on 18th and pre-18th century philosophy, this book is perfect for continuing your intellectual journey and deepening your philosophical understanding. It's not meant for starting the journey. This book will teach you about Kant's lively and gregarious character. He lunched/dined with people from a variety of backgrounds every day for almost his entire adult life. He was not a robot, nor autistic. Furthermore, the story uncovers the nuances of Kant's religious views (he did not believe in prayer, but did 'postulate' God, but did not personally believe in him, but did prove his existence, but only from a moral standpoint... :0). You will come to see the categorical imperative in a much more humane light - Kant himself acknowledged no one had ever acted purely out of respect for their moral duty, but that does not mean we should stop trying. I do think the author is at times too eager to defend Kant's character. The old Kant's foul remarks about his sister might not have been said if he were still mentally in good shape, but that does not mean he did not think them. Just like the fact that when people are drunk they often reveal their innermost beliefs, senile people might be affected in the same way. Also, on Wikipedia, it says that Kant wrote an essay called Über die verschiedenen Racen der Menschen in 1775, but to my best recollection, this is not once discussed in the biography. Could the author be trying to disguise, or rather downplay, Kant's racism? Yet, it is understandable that Kant is defended. When you read a biography, the biographised person becomes the hero of the story, and we tend to (want to) forget that they are flawed humans, too. I can't imagine how it must feel to write one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Billie Pritchett

    Manfred Kuehn's Kant is, I think, the best biography I've ever read, and here are two quick reasons why. One, Kuehn has to walk a fine line in talking about Kant's life and his ideas. Two, he has to reconcile a lot of the little ironies about Kant and his life, the way people characterized him. Kuehn is able to do accomplish both of those goals. Not only does Kuehn let you know the ideas that made Kant famous and important as a philosopher; not only does Kuehn let you know about the man's life; h Manfred Kuehn's Kant is, I think, the best biography I've ever read, and here are two quick reasons why. One, Kuehn has to walk a fine line in talking about Kant's life and his ideas. Two, he has to reconcile a lot of the little ironies about Kant and his life, the way people characterized him. Kuehn is able to do accomplish both of those goals. Not only does Kuehn let you know the ideas that made Kant famous and important as a philosopher; not only does Kuehn let you know about the man's life; he's able to synthesize Kant's life and ideas together to form a rich picture of Kant. This is pretty tough. A biographer who tried might risk reducing all of Kant's life as originating from his philosophical ideas, an oversimplification. On the other hand, a biographer might just mosey on through Kant's life and then drop the fact that Kant produced this or that philosophical work. What Kuehn does well in the book is show how Kant's ideas influenced his life, and vice versa. There's plenty of information about the rich academic environment Kant was in in Koenigsberg, and who some of his friends were who had a big influence on him. This is a fully contextualized Kant here. I'll give you just a quick example. There's an old story that goes that Kant was such a man of routine that you could set your watch by when he would come into town. But Kuehn tells us this is a caricature of Kant. This would have most characterized Kant in his 40s or 50s, but even that would be missing the mark. The way this story received wide circulation is that there was a play written about a man who lived "according to the clock," and folks in Konigsberg interpreted that man to be Kant. The man that it in fact characterized most was Kant's friend, Herr Green. Green was such a man of routine that he was supposed to meet Kant for an afternoon carriage ride, and when Kant showed up late for the appointed time, he saw Green already departing without Kant, so content was Green to follow the schedule instead of wait for his friend. Green had a big influence on Kant, especially in that Green's choice to live according to fundamental, unbreakable principles made Kant begin to reformulate what he thought in the way of his moral philosophy. It would be an exaggeration to say that Kant's moral philosophy came from Green, but what was definitely the case was that Green was the model for the kind of man Kant envisaged for his moral philosophy. As for the other matter, the contradictions in the accounts of Kant's life, we find that most of these can be attributed to the different periods of Kant's life in which the people who knew Kant wrote about Kant. So, for example, there's some harsh stuff about Kant's treatment of his sister who came to live with him, but this was in Kant's 70s, when Kant was well on his way to senility and had had several strokes. Also most of the material about Kant's crude behavior comes from this later period. I could barely put this bio down. It's great.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James Glover

    Some of Kühn's attempts to precis Kant's works are a little dubious. I doubt I'd recommend the book to anyone not already interested in history of philosophy. Some of Kühn's attempts to precis Kant's works are a little dubious. I doubt I'd recommend the book to anyone not already interested in history of philosophy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ferda Nihat Koksoy

    -Kant, içerilerinde güzel ve yüce olanı arayan, bir toplum gözlemcisidir (Herder). -Akademisyen tüm sınıflarla konuşabilmelidir, çünkü tüm sınıfların hem içinde hem de dışındadır. -Kendi aklımızla düşünmemiz ve hatalarımızı kendimiz bulmamız soylu bir onurdur. -Güzellikten önce gerçeği aramalıyız elbette ama bütün bilgilerde aynı zamanda güzel şeyleri talep etmezsek, gerçekler tiksindirici hale gelirler. -Ahlak duygusu ahlakın temelidir ve itaat kültürünün önüne geçmelidir; ahlakın en yüce yasası is -Kant, içerilerinde güzel ve yüce olanı arayan, bir toplum gözlemcisidir (Herder). -Akademisyen tüm sınıflarla konuşabilmelidir, çünkü tüm sınıfların hem içinde hem de dışındadır. -Kendi aklımızla düşünmemiz ve hatalarımızı kendimiz bulmamız soylu bir onurdur. -Güzellikten önce gerçeği aramalıyız elbette ama bütün bilgilerde aynı zamanda güzel şeyleri talep etmezsek, gerçekler tiksindirici hale gelirler. -Ahlak duygusu ahlakın temelidir ve itaat kültürünün önüne geçmelidir; ahlakın en yüce yasası ise doğaya uygun davranmaktır.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    A biography is no substitute for a careful study of Kant's works. You will not be able to learn Kant a la Cliffnotes by reading this. On the other hand I admired how Kuehn discussed those works in capsule form accurately and without bias. More interesting however are the characters who surround Kant, a nutso born-again Christian, an English businessman even more rulebound than Kant himself, but who was an important influence on the Critique, a merry divorcee who may have had an eye for Immanuel A biography is no substitute for a careful study of Kant's works. You will not be able to learn Kant a la Cliffnotes by reading this. On the other hand I admired how Kuehn discussed those works in capsule form accurately and without bias. More interesting however are the characters who surround Kant, a nutso born-again Christian, an English businessman even more rulebound than Kant himself, but who was an important influence on the Critique, a merry divorcee who may have had an eye for Immanuel himself, an adulterer who may have been her back up man, all those pursuing academic vendettas and infighting. Kant himself is revealed as good looking, a social butterfly, possibly a drunk at one time who had trouble finding his way home, intellectual hypochondriac, rebel and atheist (I knew it!) Who knew Koenigsburg was such an interesting place? Far from fluff, many of these experiences probably influenced the examples that appear in Kant's works. Also too much time is spent on the old Kant and his sad decline, as we tend to concentrate on the old Einstein, neglecting the man who actually achieved the breakthrough.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yosef the Heretic

    Ellmann/Joyce, Kuehn/Kant... one could really get down to business.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Brannon

    Not just a biographer but a glimpse of his works. Not the easiest book to read but one that is well worth the effort. If you were not a philosophy major in college you will find yourself googling the meaning of many words and if you are not up on German and Latin and some French you will need to translate short sentences to get the full importance of the words being used. I found it well worth the effort.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rafael

    Brings back the humanity stolen from one of the greatest minds the world has seen. Explains how the anecdotes commonly known are to be doubted to conceive the individual; and yet hints in a surprisingly simple way, some of the most difficult pieces of human thought ever developed. Necessary read to bring the person closer to the student, and at the same time to admire his opus even more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This biography was so well done there is no need for another of Kant. Kuhn really brought Kant to life and made one want to read his works and wish one could have attended one of his metaphysical lectures. One of the greatest minds to ever live, Kant should not be ignored.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Too much biographical detail and not enough philosophy for my liking, although the author is honest at the outset in saying that this is not an intellectual biography. Nonetheless, it is amazingly well-researched. He does a good job of dispelling the myth of Kant as a stuffy old curmudgeon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Círdan

    作者表示如果对康德的哲学没有太大兴趣的读者可以跳过书中相关片段,但是不建议这样做。是因为跳过了就等于略过大半本书吗233。 就这样一位以思想为主要工作和生活的人物的传记,这本书相当不错,也正是因为传主是这样的人的缘故,始终还是有那么一些枯燥。

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tim Mclaughlin

    I'm not sure how to write this review, other than to give my overall impression of the book as a Kant-scholar and philosophy nerd. I found Kuehn's biography of Kant both well written and remarkably interesting, and he does us a great service to help us to understand the man whose ideas have been so influential. Kant was a remarkable phenomenon. Spending his entire life in Königsberg, a moderately prosperous trading city on the Baltic and largely isolated outpost in the east of Prussia, Kant was I'm not sure how to write this review, other than to give my overall impression of the book as a Kant-scholar and philosophy nerd. I found Kuehn's biography of Kant both well written and remarkably interesting, and he does us a great service to help us to understand the man whose ideas have been so influential. Kant was a remarkable phenomenon. Spending his entire life in Königsberg, a moderately prosperous trading city on the Baltic and largely isolated outpost in the east of Prussia, Kant was born to a Pietist bridle maker. His father made just enough to get by, and because of their religious connections, young Kant was educated in Pietist schools. He never married and all evidence suggests that he spent his entire life a virgin, though, it would seem, many women found him to be a handsome and eligible bachelor. Kuehn provides significant and rare insight into Kant's youth and pre-Critical career, focusing on his personal, professional, and intellectual relations, as well as his position within Prussian society. I got a sense that Kuehn is attempting some sort of revisionism with this biography, though I think he successfully argues for why this is necessary. Kant rose to great fame when he was 57 (when the first edition of the Critique of Pure Reason was published), and continued to publish philosophically influential works right into his 70s. (He died just shy of 80.) Because of his "late bloom," earlier biographers offered anecdotes of Kant as his contemporaries knew him, which was, by then, as an eccentric, stubborn old man, a strong moralist, and at times a misogynist. Kuehn attempts to revise this picture, depicting a side of Kant that is more human and emotionally complex. I noted that some things were missing. For instance, there was until a few decades ago a popular theory that Kant descended from Scottish merchants who settled in the trade-city of Königsberg. (Cant (sic) is a Scottish name.) This theory is thin enough not to grant much credibility, and trivial enough to be of little consequence; however, since so many scholars often claimed this in their brief biographical sketches of Kant, I would have expected Kuehn to have something to say about it. (In a way, he said something about it, asserting that Kant's not-too-distant paternal ancestors were born not in Königsberg, but in Bavaria.) Moreover, some of Kuehn's remarks seem largely based on speculation and little based on substantial evidence. For example, Kuehn portrays Kant as publicly a theist (of sorts) but privately an atheist. While much has been written about Kant's views of religion, which are heretical at best and hostile at worst, I don't think we can say so easily that he was personally an atheist as opposed to an agnostic or deist. The fact that he was dismissive of religion (he counted prayer as superstition and looked down on rituals) and avoided the church does not indicate atheism. Also, given what he does say about religion (even when he doesn’t seem tied into knots by censors), I don't think we can label him an atheist so simply. Overall I think this was a good read. If you're just into philosophy and not into history, however, I doubt you'll much enjoy it. Kuehn doesn’t spend much time discussing Kant's philosophy, focusing instead on his personal life and how it fits into the milieu of 18th century Königsberg.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael James

    There is a genre of Biography called "Intellectual biography" and this work more than meets the criteria for such a classification. It is no easy task to accurately in accordance with strict historical criteria narrate the life one of the Philosophical giants of History. Add to this task that of accurately rendering the philosophical ideas of one of the most difficult thinkers in history and one begins to appreciate the scope of the task Manfred Kuehn so successfully undertook. He takes us throu There is a genre of Biography called "Intellectual biography" and this work more than meets the criteria for such a classification. It is no easy task to accurately in accordance with strict historical criteria narrate the life one of the Philosophical giants of History. Add to this task that of accurately rendering the philosophical ideas of one of the most difficult thinkers in history and one begins to appreciate the scope of the task Manfred Kuehn so successfully undertook. He takes us through Kant's early struggles and attempt to establish himself at the University in Königsberg, the Russian occupation of Königsberg, the long silence whilst composing the First Critique, a lifelong friendship with Joseph Green, (a British merchant whose judgement was sought on almost every sentence of the First Critique), the search for the approval of Mendelssohn, The trials and tribulations of ageing, and the final act of a long and fruitful life. Intellectual influences are carefully charted and insightfully estimated. The manifold of rational and empirical disputations are characterised and synthesised, recapturing Kant's journey in accordance with the motto of the Enlightenment "Sapere Audi!"--"Dare to be wise!" Kant's faith in God and belief in progress toward a Cosmopolitan future in which virtue rules our cities are mapped out side by side, reminding us of that other great Philosopher from an earlier time of Enlightenment-- Aristotle. It would be disingenuous to criticise such a masterpiece but perhaps rendering more precise a debt that Kant must have owed to Aristotle would have made an excellent work move into the realm of the extraordinary.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chauncey

    My reading of this book was sustained primarily by the fact that it is about Kant. It's not a hard-going book, but it is not a compelling narrative either. Kant is surely now a more robust character in my mind than he was prior to reading Kuehn's biography, but he remains nonetheless a person of whom I have only shadowy knowledge. Although Kuehn makes intermittent attempts to reveal Kant the human being, the book is more like viewing Kant at a distance through smoked glass. This might be a conse My reading of this book was sustained primarily by the fact that it is about Kant. It's not a hard-going book, but it is not a compelling narrative either. Kant is surely now a more robust character in my mind than he was prior to reading Kuehn's biography, but he remains nonetheless a person of whom I have only shadowy knowledge. Although Kuehn makes intermittent attempts to reveal Kant the human being, the book is more like viewing Kant at a distance through smoked glass. This might be a consequence of the dirth of primary sources, but I am dubious about that because Kuehn seems to actively avoid posing interesting conjectures about Kant's life. While this probably makes for safe scholarship it is ultimately pretty boring.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Atila Demirkasımoğlu

    Manfred Kuehn'in Immanuel Kant biyografisini okumayı bitirdim. Zorlu ve yorucu bir okuma oldu. Felsefe metinlerinin dili Türkçe için sorunlar içeriyor ve felsefeyi zorlaştırıyor. Kelime sorunları çağrışım bağlantılarından yoksun olmayla sınırlı bile olsa, ki değil, anlama gerçekleşse bile kısır, yaratma tetiklemeyen ve durağan bir hal sunuyor. Bu çabayı etkisizleştiriyor. Bu kitap şu ana kadar biyografinin en zayıf kitabı. Manfred Kuehn'in Immanuel Kant biyografisini okumayı bitirdim. Zorlu ve yorucu bir okuma oldu. Felsefe metinlerinin dili Türkçe için sorunlar içeriyor ve felsefeyi zorlaştırıyor. Kelime sorunları çağrışım bağlantılarından yoksun olmayla sınırlı bile olsa, ki değil, anlama gerçekleşse bile kısır, yaratma tetiklemeyen ve durağan bir hal sunuyor. Bu çabayı etkisizleştiriyor. Bu kitap şu ana kadar biyografinin en zayıf kitabı.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brook Finlayson

    Surprisingly interesting biography of a man whose life was unexciting, but whose ideas took the Enlightenment about as far as it could go.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liedzeit Liedzeit

    Eigentlich gut geschrieben, aber doch sehr zäh. Das liegt vielleicht an dem Helden. Er hatte Rousseau in seinem Zimmer hängen. Gut. Was soll man sich sonst merken?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia Vaitkeviciute

  24. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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