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.
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.