Description: This clip describes Immanuel Kant’s great synthesis of the rationalist and empiricist philosophical traditions. Kant famously stated “Percepts without concepts are empty; concepts without percepts are blind.” Kant argues that our experience of reality is not merely passive, but rather that the mind actively structures how we encounter the world. The clip then explains the difference between analytic/synthetic judgments and a priori/a posteriori judgments. It then closes with a brief description of Kant’s deontological ethical theory, and his critique of metaphysics.
Published: May 19, 2009 5:46 am