Channel: Philosophical Times
Bryan Magee and Geoffrey Warnock discuss the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who is considered the central figure in modern philosophy. Kant synthesized early rationalism and empiricism, set the terms for much of 19th and 20th century philosophy, and continues to exercise a significant influence today in epistemology, ontology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and other fields. Kant is famous for many ideas, including his distinction between appearances and things-in-themselves, and that the basic categories of the mind structure experience. He had argued that we can only know things as they appear and come to us through our sensory and mental faculties, not how they are in themselves independent of us and our mental apparatus. Among other things, this allowed for the possibility of synthetic a priori knowledge, i.e. necessary and substantial truths that are about the world but which are not derived from the world. He is also famous for deontology in moral philosophy, especially his notion of the categorical imperative, and that reason is the ultimate source of morality. He also famously maintained that aesthetics is based on a faculty of disinterested judgment.
Published: March 28, 2021 5:34 am
Channel: Craig Campbell
Description: Immanuel Kant was born at Königsberg East Prussia in 1724 and was educated at the University of Konigsberg from the years 1740-1746. He then taught at the same university from 1746 until his death in 1804. His philosophical works include The Critique of Pure Reason in 1781 and The Critique of Practical Reason in 1787. This little slide show is made up of the preface to each book. The links below will take you to the whole books which have been read by Librivox volunteers.
Published: June 28, 2014 6:42 pm
Description: Using quotes from Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals I show that Kant’s goal was to undermine the role of reason in man’s life.
Published: January 14, 2013 12:22 pm