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Russia to celebrate 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant

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Russia to celebrate 300th anniversary of Immanuel Kant


Photo credit: Kant in a painting by Johann Gottlieb Becker / (Public domain)

The 300th anniversary of philosopher Immanuel Kant in Russia will be celebrated at the state level, according to the website of the Year of Literature. The corresponding order was signed by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

The president instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to create an organizing committee that will prepare the anniversary celebrations by the beginning of August.

Almost ten years ago, Putin said that it was Immanuel Kant who should be the symbol of the Kaliningrad region. He recalled that Kant's treatise "Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch" was the first attempt to substantiate the unification of Europe after the seven-year war. "In this regard, the figure of Kant is symbolic for the whole of Europe," Putin stressed.

The founder of classical philosophy, Immanuel Kant, has had a tremendous influence on the history of modern Western philosophical thought. He was born in 1724 in Königsberg (Kaliningrad). Kant wrote "Critique of Pure Reason" - the most important and one of the most difficult philosophical works to understand.

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