[lit-ideas] Immanuel's Manual

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  • Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 09:27:25 EDT

In a message dated 10/6/2004 4:15:43 AM Eastern Standard Time,  
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
---  William Ball <ballnw@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> Judy,
>  I know less than anything about Kant.=20

You know his  name.

Apparently,  Kant himself didn't -- know his name.

It was originally Celtic, "Cant", and spelled with a "c". When his  ancestors 
moved from Scotland to the Rhine Valley, they changed their spelling  from 
"c" to "k" -- the typical hard way of the emigrants. They found out that in  
Valley, people would pronounce his name as "Sant" otherwise, and he didn't  
like the soft side to it.
'Immanuel' was Kant's mother's choice. His middle name, "Scott", betrays  his 
highland origins (and what his dad's choice). 

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