By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 22, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the birth of a philosopher who gave birth to ethics.


Today is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Immanuel Kant.

He is considered one of the most influential Western philosophers in part because he rigorously applied critical thinking to his work. Kant comes in fourth position as “most influential” on several lists of philosophers, after Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

Kant explored the fundamental structure of reality, the nature of knowledge, ethics, morality among others. His work relating to ethics gave a basis for Kant being called the father of modern ethics.

He was born and died in Konigsberg, Prussia, on the Baltic Sea. The city has an interesting history on its own, reflective of the fluid borders of Europe over the years. 

Konigsberg was founded in the 1200s by the Prussians.  At the zenith of the Kingdom of Poland, the Polish controlled the city from the mid-1400’s for 200 years, before the Prussians gained it back.   Then it became part of Germany with German Unification of the 25 Germanic states in the mid-1800s.  As a spoils of war, the Soviets incorporated the city into the Soviet Union in 1945 and renamed it Kaliningrad.   It is now part of Russia.

This map by Thomson shows Prussia and its Dominions from 1815.

Prussia – Circa 1815 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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