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Knutzen, Martin (1713–51)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-DB048-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB048-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Martin Knutzen was a follower of Christian von Wolff. His work is the result of an effort to reconcile Wolff’s system, more persuasively than Wolff himself had, with common sense, Christian faith and the latest results in the natural sciences. Because Wolff had come under fire from Christian Pietists for apparently trying to resurrect Leibniz’ system of pre-established harmony, thereby possibly flirting with Spinozism and therefore atheism, Knutzen argued from Leibnizian premises that real interaction is at work in the world at large and is constitutive of the mind–body union. Knutzen was Kant’s teacher.

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Laywine, Alison. Knutzen, Martin (1713–51), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB048-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/knutzen-martin-1713-51/v-1.
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