Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Prolegomena to any future vandalism

I am confident that none of my students did this, and not just because I'm not teaching modern philosophy this semester.
Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"—along with a flower and heart—on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad.
But not to worry---it is not actually Kant's house.
With his focus on the importance of space and time, Kant would surely want us to note that it appears the existing house was not the one he inhabited. Prior to his appointment as professor at the University of Königsberg in 1770, he taught in towns around the city, which is when he lived at the site. The original house seems to have been largely demolished at some point in the 19th century, with the present structure later constructed atop the same foundation.
Still, it is quite a blow to Kantian architectonic.

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