Immanuel Kant the famous German Philosopher.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), the famous German philosopher , lived most of his life in Kaliningrad or the former Königsberg in Russia. It is also here where he was laid to rest, close to the Cathedral. He studied at the University in Kaliningrad and later became the Rector.
Why is the work of Immanuel Kant important to this day?
To this day he remains one of the great modern thinkers because he developed a philosophy that completely reinterpreted human knowledge.Some of his best work was written in 1775.
Kant is best known for his transcendental idealist philosophy that time and space are not materially real but merely the ideal a priori condition of our internal intuition.
You will find his final resting place against the wall of the Gothic Cathedral.
Russian newly-wed tradition.
Fresh flowers are always close to the tomb as well as other war memorials around the city. It is tradition for newly-weds to pick a statue and leave fresh flowers at the feet of fallen soldiers or hero`s. What a wonderful tradition.
Inscription on the grave of Immanuel Kant and what it means.
There is an inscription on the grave in German and Russian. Translated into English it means:
“Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the reflection dwells on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me”.
Interesting information about Immanuel Kant.
- He never married.
- Kant wrote about many different topics, including the science of his day, and even layman political treatises; “On Perpetual Peace” is cited as an inspiration for the League of Nations (later United Nations).
- His grandfather was Scottish.
When: June 2016.