De nobis ipsis silemus. Sulla morte di Immanuel Kant

Author/s Renato Pettoello
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1
Language French Pages 11 P. 203-213 File size 481 KB
DOI 10.3280/SF2012-001016
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The description of Immanuel Kant’s last days and of the phrenological and craniometric studies of his skull gives the Author the opportunity to discuss the philosophical validity of biographies and more in general to re-examine the vexata quaestio of the relationship between philosophy and history of philosophy. Here the Author supports the thesis that, for the most part, any reference to the biographies of philosophers is essentially of no use – their works have to be judged as such, independently of whoever wrote them and also to a large extent of the historical context – and that there is the need to get back to a philosophical history of philosophy, while still maintaining the very rigorous approach to which the history of philosophy has accustomed us in the last few decades.

Keywords: Kant, biographies, methodology, history of philosophy

Renato Pettoello, De nobis ipsis silemus. Sulla morte di Immanuel Kant in "RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA" 1/2012, pp 203-213, DOI: 10.3280/SF2012-001016