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The background of Kant's thought

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 3950 words.

The Critique of Pure Reason is the most important work of philosophy written in modern times. ‘The background of Kant's thought’ presents, with as few technicalities as possible, an...

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Beauty and design

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 5049 words.

Kant's writings on religion show an attempt at the systematic demystification of theology. ‘Beauty and design’ analyses Kant's writings on religion and touches upon Kant's aesthetics. An...

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The categorical imperative

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 7671 words.

The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals which preceded the Critique provides a summary of Kant's moral viewpoint. Both works look at ‘ practical reason’. ‘ The categorical imperative’...

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Enlightenment and law

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 5264 words.

The critical philosophy is a metaphilosophy, a philosophy about philosophy. Kant believed that in the practical sphere the critical method made direct contact with moral judgement and...

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Kant

Roger Scruton.

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 160 pages.

Kant: A Very Short Introduction tackles this exceptionally complex subject, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring. Kant...

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Life, works, and character

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 3511 words.

Kant's life was ruled by duty. His life was unremarkable. He devoted himself to scholarship so ensured that his life was governed by routines. ‘Life, works, and character’ charts Kant's...

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The logic of illusion

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 6220 words.

Understanding can yield objective knowledge, but it also contains a temptation to illusion. Kant tries to diagnose and criticize this temptation in his examination of ‘pure reason’. ‘The...

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The transcendental deduction

Roger Scruton.

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 6633 words.

Kant asks: how is synthetic a priori knowledge possible? His answer to this question contains two parts, one of which is subjective and the other objective. ‘The transcendental deduction’...

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Transcendental philosophy

in Kant

August 2001; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 990 words.

Kant's immediate successors regarded Kant as having changed the course of philosophy. However, even during his lifetime, the intellectual world was torn by controversy over the meaning of...

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