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Where is Immanuel Kant?


Personally, I am fascinated by how we as a society choose to honor our great leaders who have passed. While I was researching more on Immanuel Kant, I came across information on where he is memorialized today. Kant’s tomb is a mausoleum near the northeast corner of the Königsberg Cathedral in the city of Kaliningrad, Russia.

See it here!

This was not the original way in which Kant was buried. His body was first interred within the cathedral. In 1880, for an unknown reason, his remains were placed in another chapel nearby. There, Kant remained until 1924 when the chapel became uninhabitable. It was later destroyed in order to create the mausoleum which can be visited today.

Kant’s grave stone reads: “Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the reflection dwells on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me”.

What makes Kant’s memorial so special is that it was one of the few historical places from the German era that was preserved as the Russians took over the city during the war. It is said that Newlyweds to this day regularly bring flowers to the mausoleum.  In addition to his memorial, Kant is remembered by a replica statue, donated by the Germans, which stands in front of the University of Königsberg. In 2005, the University of Königsberg was even renamed Immanuel Kant State University of Russia. Over two hundred years following his death, Kant was honored in this way during a ceremony with Vladimir Putin and other high ranking German officials.  Since then, the Kant Society was created in order to further the study of Kantianism. He also has a song.

It is obvious that Kant’s contributions of the categorical imperative, transcendental idealism, and nebular hypothesis among his other philosophical successes, continue to permeate through culture today. The value of his contributions can be measured in the many ways in which he is honored to this day.

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About JOEY MARTIN

I am a Senior Management major at Bucknell University. I am currently living in Orlando, FL but moved around a lot as a child as an Army Brat. I am looking to go into Finance following graduation. If that doesn't work out, I am considering moving to Washington D.C. and doing political work for a period of time.

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3 thoughts on “Where is Immanuel Kant?

  1. The video was really cool Joey! I wish they were speaking English so I could understand what they were saying about the grave, but the images of the grave just prove how important Kant was. I found it interesting that his body was moved, and that we do not know why this happened. It seems to me that there should be some form of documentation that would have been found by now, so there may have been some behind-the-scenes things going on back then. The song was interesting and gave a lot of information, and was definitely made for that purpose. I do not know much about Kant but I will be studying his work in my philosophy class this year so I look forward to learning about him and understanding why he has made such a huge impact on society.

    Posted by alyssakinell | January 31, 2012, 6:00 pm
  2. I like where you went with this assignment Joey. That was an interesting and fun read. That is a beautiful and deserving grave site for a smart man. I am glad that during a time of war people can still have some common sense, as shown by the preservation of the tomb.

    Posted by Ryan E | January 31, 2012, 9:02 pm
  3. It is interesting how much focus is placed onto what happens after a live has ended – Where will the person be placed? What was their importance and contributions? What will we most remember them by? It’s also fascinating how much a body can be moved once it is in it’s “final resting place.” I really enjoyed the direction that was taken to give more background on Kant. With all that has been dedicated to him since his death, I am curious to dig deeper into Kant’s life and understand who he was as a leader.

    Posted by Danielle Marquette | February 1, 2012, 12:08 am

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