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Salomo Friedlaender was a prolific German-Jewish philosopher, poet, and satirist. His Kant for Children is intended to help young people learn about Immanuel Kant’s philosophy. Friedlaender writes, “Morality is inherent in us organically. But its abstract formula should be imprinted on schoolchildren.”
This first English translation includes an introduction to Friedlaender as well as essays by Paul Mendes-Flohr, Sarah Holtman, Robert Louden, Kate Moran, Krista Thomason, and Jens Timmermann.
For translating and editing Kant for Children, Bruce Krajewski received The 2023 Silvers Grant for Work in Progress from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. The Robert B. Silvers Foundation is a charitable trust established by a bequest of the late Robert B. Silvers, a founding editor of the New York Review of Books, with the aim of supporting writers in the fields of long-form literary and arts criticism, the intellectual essay, political analysis, and social reportage.
Salomo Friedlaender (author); Bruce Krajewski (ed. and trans.), College Station, TX, USA.
“Specifically designed for teachers, rather than their students, Kant for Children is framed as answers to sometimes pointed questions. In this book, Friedlaender conveys key aspects of Ernst Marcus’ interpretation of Kant’s philosophy but in a lively, popular form. This translation provides a new and fascinating glimpse into an often ignored or forgotten aspect of Weimar thought and culture, one of many that would be swept away in the rising tide of National Socialism.” – David Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
“Everyone needs a bit of Dada, and Kant Studies is no exception. This book will place the intriguing figure of Salomo Friedlaender (aka Mynona) crookedly and provocatively in discussions of Kant’s writings on education. Friedlaender ‘proves’ that Kant’s moral philosophy can bring about Perpetual Peace and mutual tolerance between all people regardless of race and religion, and that sexuality should be solely for procreation within marriage… Much of his analysis won’t do at all; it will stir up debate, even outraged objection, just as one should expect from a quasi-dadaist, and yet there are other aspects of his Kant for Children that are simply compelling and easily adhered to: in this disorienting ‘post-truth’ age, his earnest commitment to helping the young develop the skill of critical thinking so that they do not find their way in this world, but develop the resources they need to change it for the better, taps into the rebellious potential of Kantian philosophy. Sapere Aude!” – Diane Morgan, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK.
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