Immanuel Kant

(1724–1804)

Immanuel Kant

Anecdote...

In 1802 Kant discharged Lampe, the faithful servant who had been with him for years. But he could not dismiss him from his mind, and this began to trouble him greatly. He therefore made an entry in his memorandum books: “Remember, from now on the name of Lampe must be completely forgotten.”

Quote-worthy...

Immaturity is the incapacity to use ones intelligence without the guidance of another.

~Immanuel Kant
Biographical Note: 

Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher and founder of critical philosophy. The son of a saddler, Kant was born and educated in Ksnigsberg (Kaliningrad) in East Prussia. After leaving the university he spent a number of years in private tutoring, but taking his master’s degree in 1755, he settled to teach a variety of subjects as Privatdozent. In 1770 he was appointed to the chair of logic and metaphysics at Ksningsberg. It was after this that he entered on his greatest, “critical” period. His life was orderly to the point of caricature: he never left Ksningsberg, and never married.

In spite of notorious difficulty of reading Kant, made worse by his penchant for scholastic systematization and obscure terminology, his place as the greatest philosopher of the latest three hundred years is well assured.