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Reinhold, Karl Leonhard (1757–1823)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC062-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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A catalyst in the rise of post-Kantian idealism, Reinhold popularized Kant’s critical philosophy by systematizing it in the form of a theory of consciousness. Reinhold shifted from one position to another, however, each time declaring his latest philosophical creed as ultimate. For this he was ridiculed by his more famous contemporaries, including Fichte, Schelling and Hegel, and his historical reputation suffered accordingly. Recent re-evaluations, however, suggest that there was considerable coherence to his philosophical wanderings.

A sometime priest who converted to Protestantism, active freemason and popular teacher, Reinhold advocated political intervention in the promotion of enlightened practices. He steadfastly defended the French Revolution.

Citing this article:
di Giovanni, George. Reinhold, Karl Leonhard (1757–1823), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC062-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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