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Immanuel Kant

Kant’s most important work is the Critique of Pure Reason.
  German philosopher generally considered the last major philosopher of the Enlightenment; emphasized the "categorical imperative"; criticized proofs of God, but believed God’s existence must be assumed by rational, moral individuals (1724-1804)
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In his Critique of Pure Reason Kant distinguishes between knowledge from experience and universal knowledge from reason such as mathematics.  He distinguishes between human perception and objective reality to the point of saying that time, space, and causation may not exist outside the human mind. Still, he disagrees with those who say no universal truth can be found through experience. While experience can lead to universal understandings, it cannot lead to understanding of metaphysics. Instead, metaphysics should be studied through a critique of human reason.

The book is said to have moved philosophy beyond the debate between the rationalists and empiricists.
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  • Kant’s most important work is the Critique of Pure Reason.
  • I think that young people who want to understand the world can profit from the works of Plato and Socrates, the behaviour of the three Thomases, Aquinas, More and Jefferson - the austere analyses of Immanuel Kant and the political leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.
    James A. Michener  --  The World is My Home (1992)
  • The poet was not Plato, Augustine, or Immanuel Kant, and we need not bother to pick flaws in his thinking.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He is also significant as the person who set the great philosopher Immanuel Kant on the road to his philosophy.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • Or, to put it in Kantian terms, the objective world producing our sense data did not change, but our a priori concept of it was turned inside out.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She was part Immanuel Kant, part Prissy from Gone With the Wind.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • He will not let them read, lest some one find the rag-quilt of his takings from Zeno to Immanuel Kant.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Therefore when a man comes along who can and does reason, and who, applying the Kantian test to his conduct, can truly say to us, If everybody did as I do, the world would be compelled to reform itself industrially, and abolish slavery and squalor, which exist only because everybody does as you do, let us honor that man and seriously consider the advisability of following his example.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "You’re a bold man to say that of anything stated by Immanuel Kant,’ retorted Macalister.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He didn’t jump from Immanuel Kant to Bozeman, Montana.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • After Hume, the next great philosopher was the German, Immanuel Kant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Immanuel Kant was born in 1724 in the East Prussian town of Konigsberg, the son of a master saddler.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • A fragment of memory is preserved of him sitting in a room at three and four in the morning with Immanuel Kant’s famous Critique of Pure Reason, studying it as a chess player studies the openings of the tournament masters, trying to test the line of development against his own judgment and skill, looking for contradictions and incongruities.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • All that he had read in books, all the tranquil wisdom he had professed so glibly in his philosophy course, and the great names of Plato and Plotinus, of Spinoza and Immanuel Kant, of Hegel and Descartes, left him now, under the mastering surge of his wild Celtic superstition.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Immanuel Kant [4] , Hegel [8]
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