Edinburgh Review,  1 (1802–03), 253–80.

Art. I. [Review of The Philosophy of Kant, by Charles F D de Villers]

[Thomas Brown] *



Publications reviewed:

Villers 1801


Internationalism, War, Science Communication, Philosophy, Metaphysics, Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, Light, Politics

People mentioned:

Isaac Newton, William Herschel, Friedrich Schiller, Johann W von Goethe , Gottfried W Leibniz, Epicurus, Étienne B Abbé de Condillac , François M A de Voltaire, George Berkeley, David Hume, Thomas Reid

Institutions mentioned:

Institut Nationale, Paris

Publications cited:

Kant 1781

    Discusses the notion that 'the sciences' refuse 'every geographical barrier' and considers how this relates to the communication of ideas across political barriers (253). Questions Charles F D de Villers's dedication of his book to the 'National Institute of France, as the "Tribunal invested with Supreme Jurisdiction in the Empire of the Sciences". States that Villiers is zealous for Immanuel Kant's fame, claiming that he 'is a mathematician, an astronomer, a chemist: in natural history, in physics, in physiology, in history, in languages, and literature, and in the arts; in all the details of geography, as they relate to the exact situation of the parts of the globe, their inhabitants and productions—everything is familiar to him'. Villers also 'contends that the planet Herschell ought rather to have been known to astronomers under another name; as, twenty six years before the discovery of that portion of our system, its existence had been predicted by Kant'. (255) Gives a detailed account of Kant's work as related by Villers.

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