I am listening to a lecture on YT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbvG4KffgSI skip to 2:41) and the lecturer mentioned "Immanuel Kant's proto-idealistic philosophy."

What does that mean?

  • Which lecture were you listening to? This would help provide context. – Frank Hubeny Mar 16 '19 at 23:33
  • It's this one youtube.com/watch?v=CbvG4KffgSI (skip to 2:42) – M.K. Mar 16 '19 at 23:36
  • Thank you. I edited the question and added the link. You may further edit this. – Frank Hubeny Mar 16 '19 at 23:51
  • Prolegomena earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/kant1783.pdf – Gordon Mar 17 '19 at 5:19
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    "Proto" typically refers to a germ/seed of something that develops later. In this case, from context, the author casts Kant's philosophy as the seed of German idealism ("Kant is who made Hegel possible"). It is a rather strange characterization since idealism far predates Hegel, and Kant developed his philosophy in direct opposition to a classical version of it (Leibniz's). One can equally say that Kant's "transcendental idealism" was proto-anti-realist, and German idealism emerged to "save" idealism after his rather damaging critique of the general idea. – Conifold Mar 17 '19 at 7:39

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