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Publication Date: 18 Apr 2019
Series: Very Brief Histories
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 128
Author: Anthony Kenny
ISBN-13: 9780281076543, 9780281076550

Immanuel Kant

A Very Brief History
By Anthony Kenny
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Part One: The History (What do we know?)
This brief historical introduction to Immanuel Kant explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context of his life and writings, and considers how those factors affected the way he was initially received.

What was his impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with him?

Part Two: The Legacy (Why does it matter?)
This second part explores the intellectual and cultural ‘afterlife’ of Immanuel Kant, and considers the ways in which his impact has lasted and been developed in different contexts by later generations.

Why is he still considered important today? In what ways is his legacy contested or resisted? And what aspects of his legacy are likely to continue to influence the world in the future?

The book has a brief chronology at the front plus a glossary of key terms and a list of further reading at the back.
About the Author
Sir Anthony Kenny FBA was educated at Upholland College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. From 1963 to 1989 he was at Balliol College, Oxford, first as Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, and then as Master. He later became Warden of Rhodes House, President of the British Academy and of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Chair of the Board of the British Library. In 2006 he was awarded the American Catholic Philosophical Association's Aquinas Medal for his significant contributions to philosophy.
Press Reviews

Anthony Kenny is one of the best living exponents of the history of western philosophy. In this book he provides an account of Kant that is admirable for its brevity and accuracy. He also helps readers to reflect on the value of Kant’s thought while noting both its weaknesses and its strengths.

- Brian Davies, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York

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