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p. 11. Life, works, and characterlocked

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  • Roger Scruton


Kant's life was ruled by duty. His life was unremarkable. He devoted himself to scholarship so ensured that his life was governed by routines. ‘Life, works, and character’ charts Kant's life from his humble origins as the fourth of nine children, through to his education and career in scholarship and philosophical thought, and his private life. Kant's home life is often parodied as one of clockwork routine: fastidious, donnish, and self-centred. His life was highly disciplined. His routine enable him to develop in terms best suited to his genius. Despite contemplating marriage on two occasions, Kant never married. His attitude to marriage was curiously disenchanted. His life contained little drama.

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