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Immanuel Kant was a German Enlightenment philosopher.

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Why is the argument from synthetic a priori cognition to the subjectivity of what is cognized independent of the "appearance" premise?

In Paul Guyer's Kant, section "A Life in Work", the author claims this: this argument from synthetic a priori cognition to the subjectivity of what is cognized is independent of the general ...
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Books to self-study Immanuel Kant

I am impressed by Kant's moral or nominative laws- hypothetical imperative and categorical imperative as well as the three versions of the categorical imperative. I want to grasp whatever Kant wrote....
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Kant's definition of the imagination, B151

In paragraph B151 of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (CPR), he defines the imagination as follows: Imagination is the faculty for representing an object even without its presence in intuition. ...
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Per Kant's theory of radical evil/religion, is belief in individual saviors the result of a corrupt subconscious process?

Early enough on in the Religion, he does say: Now there appeared at a certain time among these very people, when they were feeling in full measure all the ills of an hierarchical constitution, and ...
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Why did Kant say space and time do not exist independent of us?

As far as I know, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) believed that space and time do not exist objectively, independent of us, and that they are added by our minds to our perceptions. I am eager to know what ...
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Why can "oneness" not be learned from perception/intuition (Kant)?

I am currently reading Introduction to German Philosophy by Andrew Bowie, and he writes something in the chapter on Kant I don't quite understand. Namely, during a discussion on the First Critique (...
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Is Kant's dislike of servility related to his formula of humanity?

Kant tells us that acting in a servile fashion or disavowing one's dignity constitute failures to properly value oneself https://philarchive.org/archive/STATRO-20/1000 Which makes sense but Ive never ...
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Is Kant really a bad writer? [closed]

I am a hobbyist reader of philosophy and am quite new to Western philosophy's classics. Having started from Plato and Nietzsche, I can understand why some people label Immanuel Kant as "not a ...
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Are there axiomatic truths in Kant's Formula For Humanity?

Im trying to understand Kant's formula for humanity and contemporary interpretations of it. Ive read the Stanford Dict entry and a few other papers. My query is though, that the authors create lists ...
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What sort of logical relationship exists in Kant's idealism?

Space, time, and the categories are a priori intuitions/concepts of the mind. This entails the world we perceive is a world of mere appearance. Yet, I think I can also claim that the world being an ...
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Are categorical imperatives employed in non-Kantian ethical theories?

Are categorical imperatives employed in non-Kantian ethical theories? For example, consider utilitarianism's principle "act so that the overall happiness is maximised". Is this not a ...
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Kant's remarks about the concept of time and the principle of noncontradiction

In the Transcendental Aesthetic he notes: ... I shall add that the conception of change, and with it the conception of motion, as change of place, is possible only through and in the representation ...
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Kant and Paranoia

As Kant has a theory of consciousness, can it be used to explain Paranoia? Or at least explicate it a little? Foucault talks about Schizophrenia as an eternal deferrment of signification. In Kant, ...
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Are there any philosophers after Kant but before Peirce that developed the Kantian concept of schema further?

I was reading Peirce's writings on schemata and I was wondering if there was any other known philosopher before him who tried to use or extend schemata in his work. Are there any philosophers after ...
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The double interpretation of 'a priori' in Kant's metaphysics

I'm sorry if this question has been asked before. My question regards the apparent double nature of the term 'a priori' in Kant's Critique of pure reason. Namely, as a presupposition for experience ...
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Question about the categories in the Critique of Pure Reason

For the past couple of weeks I have been reading Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant. Currently I am stuck at the chapter on transcendental deduction of the categories (Version B). So far my own ...
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Analytic vs Dialectic logic

What are analytic and dialectic logic in Kantian philosophy? What's the difference between them and why can't we use analytic logic as an organon?
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What if the premise of CPR's Transcedental Deduction is wrong?

The transcendental unity of apperception is that unity through which all the manifold given in an intuition is united in a concept of the object. It is therefore entitled objective, and must be ...
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Kant's intuition/concept distinction

I have a few interconnected questions related to Kant's terminology. I think I understand the basic idea of Kant's dichotomy between intuitions and concepts, but the details are very confusing. My ...
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In what fundamental ways, if any, does Husserl break with Kant?

I've read only slim secondary works on Husserl some time ago, and recently started "The Crisis in the European Sciences." So far, the framework seems faithfully Kantian. Husserl, for example, ...
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Are Fregian abstract objects Kantian noumena?

Kant defines noumena like this: if, however, I suppose that there be things that are merely objects of the understanding and that, nevertheless, can be given to an intuition, although not to sensible ...
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is there any inconsistancy if i claim thing-in-itselmselves are giving our mind "causality"?

i'm simply testing this out the "problem of affection" in kant happens because kant says causality is an apriori knowledge can't we just say, thing-in-itself gives us "causality" ...
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Can Kant's antinomies be translated into formal logic?

Kant proves the limits of human reason by providing 4 antinomies, pairs of rational but contradictory statements, which he claims pure reason can never help us decide which one of the pair is correct. ...
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Space and time in Kant and space and time in physics

From the Kantian perspective, what would be the relationship between our intuitions of space and time (which form the structure of subjective experience and are not things that exist outside of human ...
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Problem of Affection in Kant's Thing in themselves as Causes, Neo Kantians and Post Kantians Responses

We all know "the problem of affection" raised by Schulze: "if causality is apriori structure of the mind and exist inside the mind, how can we claim thing-in-themselves cause phenomena ...
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Contemporary literature on Kantian ethics?

After reading some works, mainly by Kosgaard, I was wondering if there were any other in-depth contemporary literature looking into Kantian ethics and, more precisely, into its problems (and their ...
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Does Kant implicitly commit the paralogism of pure reason when saying that to have a representation it is necessary to accom­pany it with 'I think'?

In Caygill's Kant Dictionary entry of 'I Think' there is this part: Kant further claims that 'I think' is the necessary vehicle/form/accom­paniment of experience: to have a representation it is ...
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Was pietism an influence upon Kant's moral thoughts?

Pietism was a 17th century Lutheran theological movement emphasizing private religious study and kindness. Now, Kant was raised in a pietist household and enrolled in pietist schools. So is there any ...
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Was Kant anticipating Gödel's incompleteness in his antinomies?

Kant's attempts to prove that there's a limit to pure reason based on the existence of antinomies, i.e. pairs of propositions where each one is rational, but the propositions contradict each other. ...
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Kant's "it is reprehensible in the highest degree" remark

At one point in the first Critique, Kant says: But as regards the principles of ethics, of legislation, and of religion, spheres in which ideas alone render experience possible, although they never ...
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Have Kant, Hegel or Fichte. etc. disscusssed hallucination or illusion?

How do philosophers like Kant (a Constructivist), idealists such as Hegel, or subjectivists like Fichte address the phenomena of hallucination or illusion, given that these experiences seem to ...
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Why does Kant refer to Hume's Enquiry as "otherwise uninstructive" in the Critique of Practical Reason?

The Critique of Practical Reason,5:14, seems to damn Hume with faint praise, acknowledging his service for initiating a critique of pure reason but being otherwise uninstructive. Was it in the ...
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Have any formal ontologies focused on the category of knowledge, rather than the content?

The ontologies I am aware of select core categories they believe the world may be constructed from, presumably because they take them as irreducible. Aristotle had what now appears a slightly quirky ...
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Is Hume talking about noumena in section 12 of the Enquiry?

So I'm almost done with the Enquiry and came across something in this section that reminded me of Kant's phenomena and noumena. If this is the case, I'm just curious, why hadn't anyone made this ...
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Is noumenon euphemism for undemonstrable or pseudoscientific?

Wiktionary: (philosophy) In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and those whom he influenced, a thing as it is independent of any conceptualization or perception by the human mind; a thing-...
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Difference between material and matter?

Do you know what the difference is between material and matter? Or does it mean the same thing in Kantian philosophy? I'll give you an example: "If a rational being can think of his maxims as ...
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Can there be such a thing as pure a priori thinking?

Having read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and in fact just finishing a second read after some time, I've been trying to develop a suitable "worldview" about the structure of the mind. I ...
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Roles of sensibility, understanding and imagination in Kant's epistemology

According to Kantian epistemology, there are three falcuties of mind; sensibility, understanding and imagination. Unfortunately, the differentiation between these three are not totally sure to me so I ...
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What does Kant think about a priori concepts of causality?

This is an excerpt from Critique of Pure Reason, B13: Take the proposition: "Everything that happens has its cause." In the concept of something that happens, I think, to be sure, of an ...
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For Kant, why is the Cogito an analytical proposition?

Could someone please explain to me why is that Kant thinks of the Cogito as an analytical proposition? Is it only because the predicate of the Cogito is already presumed in the concept of an thinking ...
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Account of Priori knowledge in Critique of Reason

As I understand, a priori statements are propositions that are conceived independently of one's experience. However, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states that The sensible world, or ...
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Kantian Subjectivism Contradiction?

Kant rendered the judgments of reason as subjective, neither narrating nor accurately reflecting the reality of things. "We only sense from external objects, thus perception does not express ...
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Is the location of Wyoming a posteriori and analytic?

I answered the following question, but wasn't absolutely sure that I did so viably: Fallacy?: "Wyoming - It's like no place on Earth" Is the location of places, like Wyoming on earth, ...
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Is Kant committing the reflection fallacy? ( Kant's epistemology)

(1) I see a tree. (2) Therefore the tree is the object of my perception. (3) So I see the object of my perception. (4) Hence, without grasping the concept of object in general and subsuming the ...
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Are Kant and Berkeley in closer philosophical relation than Kant wanted to believe?

Kant called Berkeley a "material idealist" on the grounds that Berkeley stated you are not and cannot experience objects outside a mind because the mind wouldn't understand what that means. Kant ...
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Assumption about the existence of "knowledge a priori" by Kant

I am just starting to read Kant's Critique of Pure Reason translated by Max Mueller. In the introductory chapter, "General truths, which at the same time, bear the character of an inward ...
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Does Kant implicitly (or maybe even explicitly?) hold to a propositional-operator gloss of aesthetics?

Now sometimes it is said that knowledge is primarily knowledge-that, i.e. some elementary epistemic operator is a propositional operator/"attitude report". Or at least there is an invoked ...
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Does Kant's scheme for the analytic/synthetic distinction have room for a (degenerate?) further distinction, for "hyperanalytical" knowledge?

Kant can be easily misread (or: I myself easily misread him, for a long time) as claiming that no "existence claims" are analytically knowable. Technically, though, his system has it that (...
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Kant Critique of Pure Reason, how is time subjective to human intuition yet objective in regard to appearances?

I'm confused on a section in the Critique of Pure Reason. Kant says "Hence time is merely a subjective condition of our (human) intuition (an intuition that is always sensible-- i.e. inasmuch as ...
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Is Kant's Transcendent naturalistic?

Reading this article, I found the following: Kant is sympathetic to the dominant strain in modern philosophy that banishes final causes from nature and instead treats nature as nothing but matter ...

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