Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant (1724-1804) is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential modern philosophers. Those interested in learning more about his life and thought may be interested in the following resources.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains several excellent entries that provide helpful introductions to Kant, including a useful general overview of his life and thought, as well as more focused entries on his moral philosophy and his social and political philosophy.

Many of Kant's writings are available on the internet. One of the most comprehensive lists of Kant's texts online -- in both German originals and translations into English and other languages -- can be found here. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant is the standard scholarly edition of the English translations of Kant's works.

Manfred Kuehn's biography provides a wealth of information on Kant's life and times. Among many excellent studies, the essays collected in the Cambridge Companion to Kant survey many of the broad themes that Kant addressed in his writings.

Kant's Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View -- which contains his discussion of the dinner party -- has attracted increased attention in recent years from scholars. An especially accessible introduction to the main themes of Kantian anthropology can be found in Patrick Frierson's book, What is the Human Being?

The Kantian dinner party itself has only rarely been treated by scholars. Two especially helpful article-length treatments are Alix Cohen, “The Ultimate Kantian Experience: Kant on Dinner Parties,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 25 (2008): 315-336; and Paul Formosa, “Kant on the Highest Moral-Physical Good: The Social Aspect of Kant’s Moral Philosophy,” Kantian Review 15 (2010): 1-36 (subscription access required).

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