Friday Constitutional: Kant, Immigration, New Orleans and Theodicy

New from Cambridge University Press, Kant’s Construction of Nature:

Through a meticulously close reading of Kant’s work, Stanford philosopher Michael Friedman‘s latest research demonstrates that many scholars have previously underplayed or misunderstood the impact of Isaac Newton’s scientific writings on the eminent philosopher’s thought.

Friedman’s discoveries explain how Kant’s work was, in fact, “profoundly influenced by Newtonian mathematical physics.” The study also gives fresh importance to the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786), a Kantian text that often takes a back seat to the philosopher’s better-known works.

Wonder what Americans past have said about the issue of immigration? Some quotes from Intellectual Takeout.

Augustine and Aquinas said that God allowed evil because of the good it brings. An example of that theodicy in practice in New Orleans schools.

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