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Kant's Teachers in the Exact Sciences

Manfred Kuehn

in Kant and the Sciences

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133059
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133056.003.0002
 Kant's Teachers in the Exact Sciences

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This paper describes the local context of Kant’s scientific education. It provides an informed sense of what Kant’s scientific training was like by presenting each relevant member of the philosophy faculty at the university in Königsberg where Kant was a student, and the scientific activities each one was engaged in. On the basis of this picture, it is argued that Kant’s relationship with one of his teachers, Martin Knutzen (who is often thought to have been Kant’s favorite teacher), may have been much more negative or critical than is typically supposed. This evaluation has important implications especially for understanding Kant’s early works in natural philosophy.

Keywords: Kant; education; Martin Knutzen; scientific training; Königsberg

Chapter.  10194 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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