Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)
Translated by Adolph Ernst Kroeger (1837 - 1882)

Immanuel Kant gave a series of lectures on anthropology 1772-1773, 1795-1796 at the University of Königsberg, which was founded in 1544. His lectures dealt with recognizing the internal and external in man, cognition, sensuousness, the five senses, as well as the soul and the mind. They were gathered together and published in 1798 and then published in English in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy in 1867, volumes 9-16. Therefore, several texts will be used for this book. I was able to find sections 1-37 and then section 43, and sections 47-57. It seems that sections 38-42, 44-46 are not available. This is book one of his longer works.

My favorite quotes

If someone has purposely caused a disaster, and it is questionable whether he is at all, or in what degree he is to be, blamed for it, and whether or not he was insane at the time of the commission of the deed, the court should not refer him to the medical facility – the court itself being incompetent to decide upon such a case – but to the philosophical faculty. On this ground the question whether the accused was in the possession of all the faculties of his understanding and judgment, is altogether of a psychological nature….

Helmont says, that, after having taken a certain dose of “napell” – a poisonous root, he felt as if he thought in his stomach. Many people have experimented with opium to such an extent that they finally felt their minds weaken when they neglected to use this stimulant of their brain.

(Summary by Craig Campbell)

Links to texts:
Sections 1-2
Sections 3-4
Sections 5-7
Section 8
Sections 9-10
Sections 11-13
Sections 14-15
Sections 16-19
Section 20
Sections 21-22
Sections 23-26

Genre(s): Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Concerning self consciousness and egoism Larry Wilson
Play 02 Concerning voluntary consciousness, self-observation, and representation Larry Wilson
Play 03 Concerning the perspicuity and obscurity in the consciousness of our representations Craig Campbell
Play 04 Concerning sensuousness as opposed to the understanding Craig Campbell
Play 05 Apology for sensuousness and sensuous justified Craig Campbell
Play 06 Concerning our power of doing in regard to the faculty of cognition in general VivianWeaver
Play 07 Concerning artificial play and moral semblance Craig Campbell
Play 08 Concerning the five senses sgrace
Play 09 Concerning the faculty of cognition and the internal sense VivianWeaver
Play 10 Concerning the causes of the decrease or increase of our sensuous perceptions in degree sgrace
Play 11 Concerning the stoppage, weakening, and total loss of our sensuous faculty VivianWeaver
Play 12 Concerning imagination Anna Simon
Play 13 Concerning certain bodily means of exciting or soothing the power of imagination Craig Campbell
Play 14 Concerning the sensuous power of productive imagination according to its different kinds Craig Campbell
Play 15 Concerning the means of arousing and tempering the play of the power of imagination Amy Gramour
Play 16 Concerning the faculty of the power of imagination to represent the past and make present the future Craig Campbell
Play 17 Concerning the faculty of prevision and the gift of prophecy Craig Campbell
Play 18 Concerning involuntary imaginations in a healthy condition, or dreams Amy Gramour
Play 19 Concerning the designatory faculty and signs Craig Campbell
Play 20 Concerning the Weaknesses and Diseases of the Soul in regard to its Faculty of Cognition Craig Campbell
Play 21 Mental Diverrsion (distractio) Craig Campbell
Play 22 Dull (hebes) Craig Campbell
Play 23 Concerning the diseases of the mind and delirious raving Craig Campbell
Play 24 Desultory remarks Craig Campbell
Play 25 Concerning talent, wit, and the specific distinction between comparing and argumentative wit Craig Campbell
Play 26 Concerning sagacity and genius Anna Simon