Kant Immanuel


Also found in: Dictionary.

Kant Immanuel

(1724-1804) pre-eminent German philosopher, whose major works include Critique of Pure Reason (1781), Critique of Practical Reason (1788), and Critique of Judgement (1790). He argued that our minds structure our experience of the world; we can never know the ‘things-in-themselves’ (Dinge-an-sich), only the ‘things-as-they-seem’; never ‘noumena’, only ‘phenomena’ (see also RATIONALISM). He went on to suggest that certain CATEGORIES (particularly substance and causality) may not be in the world-as-it-is, but conditions of our knowing it at all. These ‘pure percepts of the understanding’ were ‘synthetic A PRIORI’ truths, because without them it would be impossible to make any sense of the world. Kant's ‘critical philosophy’, described by him as a ‘Copernican Revolution in philosophy’, saved knowledge from scepticism, but only by jettisoning traditional claims to absolute knowledge.

As a social and moral philosopher Kant is best known for:

  1. his concept of the person in which determinism in the phenomenal realm is not seen as incompatible with freedom to act; and
  2. his concept of categorical imperative - a method to guide free human action – which can be paraphrased as ‘act as if your actions should be taken as indicative of a general law of behaviour’ or ‘think what would happen if everyone did this’.

Kant's immense influence has a number of sources:

  1. it can be seen to result from his attempt to straddle both EMPIRICISM and IDEALISM;
  2. his distinction between phenomenal and noumenal realms, and his concept of the person, provides a basis for numerous distinctions between natural and social science (see NEO-KANTIAN, RICKERT, WINDELBAND, WEBER).
References in periodicals archive ?
La obra consta de cuatro capitulos: En el primer capitulo Kant habla de los diferentes objetos que provocan el sentimiento de lo sublime y de lo bello; en el segundo capitulo habla sobre las propiedades de lo sublime y de lo bello en el hombre en general; en el tercero sobre la diferencia entre lo sublime y lo bello en la relacion reciproca de ambos sexos; en el cuarto sobre las caracteres racionales en cuanto descansan en la diferente sensibilidad para lo sublime y lo bello (vease Kant Immanuel, Observaciones sobre el Sentimiento de lo Bello y lo Sublime, traduccion de A.
La analitica tratara de proporcionar, en otros tantos capitulos, primero la exposicion y despues la deduccion del concepto de una finalidad de la naturaleza (Vease Kant Immanuel, Primera Introduccion a la Critica del Juicio, Traduccion de Jose Luis Zalabardo, La Balsa de la Medusa, Visor, S.
En sentido trascendental la forma de la finalidad de un objeto (Vease Kant Immanuel, Critica del Juicio, pp.