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Eighteenth-Century Studies 37.1 (2003) 147-161



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Immanuel Kant:
Text and Context

James Schmidt
Boston University


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Two hundred years ago, the Monthly Magazine's "Retrospect of German Literature" brought its readers news of the latest philosophical developments: Schelling's star was rising, while the "venerable Kant," now in his eighties, "vegetates in retirement from the scene of action" (Vol. XV: I [1803] 667-8). Though Kant's philosophy had been attacked only a few years earlier in the pages of the Anti-Jacobin Review as "extremely dangerous" (V [Jan-April 1800] 339-47), it now appeared that it was well on the way to becoming passé. Indeed, even those who had been appalled by it were beginning to wonder whether it was anything more than a passing fancy. An 1801 letter to the editor of the Anti-Jacobin Review concluded, "I always was of the opinion that that ephemeron, Kant's Philosophy, would not outlive its author and be forgotten, when Bacon, Newton, Leibniz, and Co. will continue to stand the test of ages" (VII [Sept-Jan. 1801] 507-8).

The rumors of the demise of Kant's philosophy were, of course, greatly exaggerated, and two centuries later, there are few eighteenth-century thinkers whose impact on the way in which philosophy is conducted rivals that of Kant. The major tendencies in continental philosophy, from Heidegger to Foucault, from the critical theory of the Frankfurt School to Karl Popper's critical rationalism have all been decisively shaped by encounters with Kant. Much present-day moral and political philosophy is inconceivable without Kant, thanks in large part to the impact of the work of John Rawls and...

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1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 147-161
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2003-10-07
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