We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
1724 – 1804
Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher and anthropologist. As a thinker during the Enlightenment, Kant used his work to combine logic and experience to move beyond the more traditional reasoning of his philosophical predecessors. His most influential work, The Critique of Pure Reason (1781), rejected the empiricism proposed by Scottish philosopher David Hume and instead argued a transcendental idea of perception.
We all grow up incessantly asking our parents, teachers and peers ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’. Some people never stop. In the illuminating and very readable A Little History of Philosophy, Nigel Warburton tells us about 40 of the most special questioners a …