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Immanuel Kant

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Definition 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)
  • 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)
  • There was nothing to look at from under the tree except Gatsby's enormous house, so I stared at it, like Kant at his church steeple, for half an hour.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Kant = famous Enlightenment philosopher who criticized proofs of God, but believed God's existence should be assumed (1724-1804)
  • It's exciting to hear them talking about poetry and science and philosophy—about Shakespeare and Milton; Newton and Einstein and Freud; about Plato and Hegel and Kant, and all the other names that echo like great church bells in my mind.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • Kant = famous Enlightenment philosopher who criticized proofs of God, but believed God's existence should be assumed (1724-1804)
  • 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
  • "You're a bold man to say that of anything stated by Immanuel Kant,' retorted Macalister.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Immanuel Kant was born in 1724 in the East Prussian town of Konigsberg, the son of a master saddler.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • After Hume, the next great philosopher was the German, Immanuel Kant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • He didn't jump from Immanuel Kant to Bozeman, Montana.
    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
  • 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

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