William Godwin's Diary


Friedrich August Nitsch lectured on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant at No. 16, Panton Square, Haymarket, from 1794-6. He had been a student of Kant in Germany and his lectures were subsequently published as A General and Introductory View of Professor Kant’s Principles (1796) and reviewed in Joseph Johnson’sAnalytical Review (January 1797). In July 1795 Nitsch wrote to Kant and told him that ‘as far as philosophy in England is concerned, it is, except for the mathematical and empirical part of it, thoroughly bad and could really not be worse …. The contradictions in practical principles and the distrust of reason seem here to be wide-ranging …. I have the honour of being the first person in London to lecture on the Kantian philosophy …. My lectures have had great and surprising acclaim. Until now, people were not even acquainted with the title of your immortal book, let alone its contents’ (see Correspondence, pp. 483-4).

See Arnulf Zweig ed., The Correspondence of Immanuel Kant (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).