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Jefferson and Kant

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066356.003.0005
Jefferson and Kant

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This chapter discusses the views of Immanuel Kant and Thomas Jefferson. Both were men of the Enlightenment and were profoundly attuned to the rational and egalitarian spirit of their time. Reason was for both of them the source of light. Both men put their trust in the moral fiber of common folk. Kant and Jefferson had similar views of religion. They believed in God, but not in revelation or miracles. They admired Jesus for his moral teachings. For both Kant and Jefferson, Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was a cultural monument.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; Thomas Jefferson; Isaac Newton; Enlightenment; God; moral fiber

Chapter.  3604 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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