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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
Feb 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kant & Swedenborg fans
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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
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Andreas Schmidt
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dio mio che orrenda merda ... ?
In effetti, i filosofi riescono a parlare per ore di stronzate inutili, come la prefazione di Trinciapollo-Cosobue, per non dire assolutamente nulla o per lo più cose praticamente prive di qualunque genere di senso e attaccabili da una ragione di tipo analitico da qualunque punto. Cosa che effettivamente anche Kant (che personalmente mi piacerebbe prendere per il bavero, scuoterlo e schiaffeggiarlo, urlandogli "ma perché sei così coglione, perché?!?!") dice poco do
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Trounin
Ипохондрики готовы себя убедить в чём угодно, даже в том, чего не существует, причём уверяют себя так, что это начинает существовать в действительности — сиё есть свойство мозга сохранять разум в порядке, иначе наступают непоправимые изменения, после которых следует необратимое изменение в восприятии реальности, приводящее к катастрофическим изменениям в понимании происходящего, вследствие чего надуманное окончательно подменяет собой действительность, и человек сходит с ума. Такова характеристик ...more
Salvador Db
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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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.
Bezaubernd
"Überdem war ein großes Werk gekauft und, welches noch schlimmer ist, gelesen worden, und diese Mühe sollte nicht verloren sein. "
Richard
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Königsberg, Prussia (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 own contributi ...more
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