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22nd April 2020: Speech on the Occasion of the 296th Anniversary of Immanuel Kant

Gerfried Horst

Dear Friends of Kant,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to address all the English speaking friends of the philosopher Immanuel Kant. As Chairman of the international society FREUNDE KANTS UND KÖNIGSBERGS, it has been a great honour to be able to say a few words each year, on the philosopher's birthday, in the presence of a crowd of Friends of Kant at the foot of his grave. ...

Notice to Physicians

Immanuel Kant

The noteworthy and wondrous epidemic that just subsided for us is, with respect to the symptoms and the effective remedies against it, actually a topic only for doctors; yet its spread and traveling through vast countries still elicits the astonishment and scrutiny of those who see this peculiar appearance merely from a physical geographer’s perspective. ...

The Last Days of Immanuel Kant

Thomas De Quincey

I take it for granted that every person of education will acknowledge some interest in the personal history of Immanuel Kant. A great man, though in an unpopular path, must always be an object of liberal curiosity. To suppose a reader thoroughly indifferent to Kant, is to suppose him thoroughly unintellectual; and, therefore, though in reality he should happen not to regard him with interest ...

The Kant Journey from April 18 – 23, 2018

Tine Kehler-Hvid

My husband and I had the pleasure to take part in the annual trip to Kaliningrad / Königsberg from April 18 th to April 23 rd , 2018; in honor of the 294 th birthday of Immanuel Kant on April 22. The trip was wonderful; well organized and with an interesting program every day; in very good company with the other travel participants – many of whom had a family connection with Königsberg or East Preussia.

Some outstanding impressions during the 11th Kant trip from April 18 to 27, 2018 to Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad oblast.

Monika and Roderick Boes

We participated in this group excursion for the first time and our head is still spinning after so many cultural and social highlights. Worthy of mention in this context is, for one, the excellently organized tour of Kaliningrad as well as the enriching speeches about the historical and cultural significance of Immanuel Kant...

Königsberg - Kaliningrad - The Search for an Identity ​

Gerfried Horst

Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin was born in 1875 into a peasant family from the upper Volga region near Tver. He worked as a lathe operator at a factory in St. Petersburg and in 1898 joined the Russian Social Democratic Workers, the party of Lenin. During the tsarist period he was imprisoned a number of times and sent into exile. ...

Restoring harmony

Benjamin Saunders

Sixty-five years ago the city of Kaliningrad was devastated by war, and the population continued to suffer during the ensuing Soviet occupation. Benjamin Saunders was invited to give a recital of reconciliation on the new Schuke organ in the rebuilt cathedral. …

East Prussia: a place of reconciliation, of fantasy and of hope

Max Egremont

Why would an Englishman write a book about East Prussia?  It is at the furthest point of Europe to my home country.  It is a country that, on a modern map, does not exist.
May I explain the start of my fascination?. ...

The Intellectual Relationship between Königsberg and the Baltic Region in the 18th century

Ineta Balode

Johann Gotthelf Lindner und Jacob Lange as Examples of this Relationship in the Field of Language.

The second part of the 18th century is known as a very lively and productive period in the history of the Baltic region. A lot of impulses for the intellectual activities are coming from East Prussia, particularly from the University of Königsberg. ...

Kant's way toward perpetual peace in the 21st centaury

Hiroo Nakamura

“May Nagasaki be the last city which has been nuclear-bombed!” – Reasonable people in Japan are ashamed that their country which is famous for being a world technological power had caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster in spite of atomic bomb victims’ hard experiences and innermost wishes in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This disaster has showed that there had been mistakes in former economic and energy policies. It reflects political weak points not only in Japan but in the whole world. ...

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