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Kant, Immanuel

Born: 1724 AD
Died: 1804 AD
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1724 – He was born on the 22nd day of April this year in Königsberg in East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He was baptized as ‘Emanuel’, but later he changed his name to ‘Immanuel’ after he learned Hebrew.


1740 – Kant enrolled in University of Königsberg in this year, at the age of 16. He studied the philosophy of Leibniz and Wolff under Martin Knutsen, a rationalist who was also familiar with the developments of British philosophy and science and who introduced Kant to the new mathematical physics of Newton.


1746 – His father’s stroke and subsequent death in this year interrupted his studies. Kant became a private tutor in the smaller towns surrounding Königsberg, but continued his scholarly research.  He is regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe and the last major philosopher of the Enlightenment.


1749 – Saw the publication of his first philosophical work, Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces.


1755 – Kant published several more works on scientific topics and became a university lecturer in this year.


1770 – At the age of 46, he was an established scholar and an increasingly influential philosopher. Much was expected of him. In response to a letter from his student, Markus Herz, Kant came to recognize that in the Inaugural Dissertation, he had failed to account for the relation and connection between our sensible and intellectual faculties.


1784 – Kant’s reputation gradually rose through the 1780s, sparked by a series of important works like this year’s essay, "”Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?”.


1785 – This year’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals was his first work on moral philosophy.


1786 – He wrote Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science.


1804 – He passed away on the 12th day of February this year in the same place where he was born.

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