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Lambert, Johann Heinrich (1728–77)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DB049-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Lambert was a German mathematician, physicist, astronomer and philosopher, who was among the leading figures of German intellectual life in the late eighteenth century. As a practising scientist, who made important discoveries in many areas, Lambert was interested in philosophical questions regarding the methods of scientific knowledge. In his philosophical works he sought to reform metaphysics by subjecting it to the procedures and standards of mathematics, advocating a combination of conceptual analysis and deductive construction in philosophy. With Lambert the tradition of German rationalist thought reaches directly into the time of Kant, who had great esteem for his analytic skills.

Citing this article:
Zoller, Gunter. Lambert, Johann Heinrich (1728–77), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB049-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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