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Single Idea 22010

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 4. Later European Philosophy / c. Eighteenth century philosophy]

Full Idea

After the French Revolution, philosophy suddenly became the key rallying point for an entire generation of German intellectuals, who had been reading Kant as the harbinger of a new order.

Gist of Idea

The combination of Kant and the French Revolution was an excited focus for German philosophy


Terry Pinkard (German Philosophy 1760-1860 [2002], Pt II Intro)

Book Reference

Pinkard,Terry: 'German Philosophy 1760-1860' [CUP 2002], p.84

A Reaction

Kant was a harbinger because he offered an autonomous status to each individual, rather than being subservient to a social order.