Dreams of a Spirit-Seer and Other Writings (Swedenborg Studies 13)
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Immanuel Kant’s Dreams of a Spirit-Seer, on Emanuel Swedenborg, has mystified readers since its publication in 1766 during Swedenborg’s lifetime. Its unusual style and content have led to two opposing interpretations. Most Kant scholars regard the work as a skeptical attack on Swedenborg’s mysticism. Others, however, believe that Kant regarded Swedenborg as a serious philo...more
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Published March 1st 2003 by Swedenborg Foundation Publishers (first published 1766)
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Erik Graff
Jun 24, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is Kant's oddest work because of its subject matter. Still, the offbeat claims of mediums, channellers and the like have long exercised a fascination for leading intellectuals such as Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, Wm James, Francis Crick etc.

Although a "pre-critical" work, written while Swedenborg was still alive, Dreams of a Spirit-Seer adduces Kant's signature claim that the first philosophy can only obtain within human limits, in other words that metaphysics is humanly impossible as a scienc...more
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The funny side of Kant. He reaches neither the wit of Voltaire or Montaigne nor the grandeur in argumentation present in the critiques. Nevertheless, it is an easy to read introduction to the main concerns that underly his philosophical system.
Richard
Kant is supposed to be the one sane philosopher. But nobody mentions he was into visionary kabbalist craziness. He tries to debunk it in this book, but you can tell he secretly believed it.
Alex
Very nice light reading, I was smiling a lot while reading this very unusual text of Kant.
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from the Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He's regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe & of the late Enlightenment. His most important work is The Critique of Pure Reason, an investigation of reason itself. It encompasses an attack on traditional metaphysics & epistemology, & highlights his ow...more
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