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The only moral righteousness lies in physical power. Is this person violating the categorical imperative? Is it irrational for them to wish everyone would act in this selfish, power-hungry way?
You might very well say that their wish is hateful, or that it would lead to bad consequences, but the categorical imperative strictly bars us from taking those things into account.
But if the Nazi acts on the principle of strength, would that destroy the very concept of strength?
Probably not. So maybe Kant was wrong in trying to ground morality solely in logic. Is there any way to avoid sliding into moral relativism if we remove the requirement that only logic can dictate morality?
Modern philosophers are still grappling with these questions, and they probably will be for a long time to come.
Kant argued that morality meant recognizing the innate value of each person. The categorical imperative was meant to be a way of honoring that value — when you follow the categorical imperative, Kant said, you act in the way that everyone, rationally, ought to act.
That means recognizing that you have to follow the same rules as everyone else rather than using other people to achieve your own selfish goals.
Before Kant, many philosophers were theorists of perfection — they wanted to arrive at perfect reasoning, perfect truth, or perfect morality.
But Kant was one of the first to fully recognize the inborn limitations of human beings. Modern cognitive neuroscience would say that human beings are born with brains that evolved over hundreds of millions of years to solve specific problems in specific ecological contexts — and in the end we can only think the thoughts that fit the limited capacities of our brains.
He argued that the ends never justify the means, even if the ends are extremely important. Batman, for example, has a rule against killing his enemies — even when doing so would save dozens of lives.
In movies like The Dark Knight , Batman has plenty of opportunities to kill the Joker, and he knows that doing so would prevent the Joker from committing more murders.
In some stories, deontology marks the hero. In other stories, it marks the villain. In the thriller Phone Booth , for example, the villain is a sniper who threatens to kill random people over minor moral transgressions.
It was in this critique where Kant wrote one of his most popular statements: "it is absurd to hope that another Newton will arise in the future who will make comprehensible to us the production of a blade of grass according to natural laws".
In , Kant's attempt to publish the Second of the four Pieces of Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason ,  in the journal Berlinische Monatsschrift , met with opposition from the King's censorship commission, which had been established that same year in the context of the French Revolution.
He also wrote a number of semi-popular essays on history, religion, politics and other topics. These works were well received by Kant's contemporaries and confirmed his preeminent status in 18th-century philosophy.
There were several journals devoted solely to defending and criticizing Kantian philosophy. Despite his success, philosophical trends were moving in another direction.
Many of Kant's most important disciples and followers including Reinhold , Beck and Fichte transformed the Kantian position into increasingly radical forms of idealism.
The progressive stages of revision of Kant's teachings marked the emergence of German Idealism. Kant opposed these developments and publicly denounced Fichte in an open letter in In , a student of Kant named Gottlob Benjamin Jäsche — published a manual of logic for teachers called Logik , which he had prepared at Kant's request.
Jäsche prepared the Logik using a copy of a textbook in logic by Georg Friedrich Meier entitled Auszug aus der Vernunftlehre , in which Kant had written copious notes and annotations.
The Logik has been considered of fundamental importance to Kant's philosophy, and the understanding of it. The great 19th-century logician Charles Sanders Peirce remarked, in an incomplete review of Thomas Kingsmill Abbott 's English translation of the introduction to Logik , that "Kant's whole philosophy turns upon his logic.
Kant's health, long poor, worsened and he died at Königsberg on 12 February , uttering " Es ist gut It is good " before expiring. Kant always cut a curious figure in his lifetime for his modest, rigorously scheduled habits, which have been referred to as clocklike.
However, Heinrich Heine noted the magnitude of "his destructive, world-crushing thoughts" and considered him a sort of philosophical "executioner", comparing him to Robespierre with the observation that both men "represented in the highest the type of provincial bourgeois.
Nature had destined them to weigh coffee and sugar, but Fate determined that they should weigh other things and placed on the scales of the one a king, on the scales of the other a god.
When his body was transferred to a new burial spot, his skull was measured during the exhumation and found to be larger than the average German male's with a "high and broad" forehead.
Was Kant's forehead shaped this way in these images because he was a philosopher, or, to follow the implications of Lavater's system, was he a philosopher because of the intellectual acuity manifested by his forehead?
Kant's mausoleum adjoins the northeast corner of Königsberg Cathedral in Kaliningrad , Russia. The mausoleum was constructed by the architect Friedrich Lahrs and was finished in in time for the bicentenary of Kant's birth.
Originally, Kant was buried inside the cathedral, but in his remains were moved to a neo-Gothic chapel adjoining the northeast corner of the cathedral.
Over the years, the chapel became dilapidated and was demolished to make way for the mausoleum, which was built on the same location.
The tomb and its mausoleum are among the few artifacts of German times preserved by the Soviets after they conquered and annexed the city. Artifacts previously owned by Kant, known as Kantiana , were included in the Königsberg City Museum.
However, the museum was destroyed during World War II. A replica of the statue of Kant that stood in German times in front of the main University of Königsberg building was donated by a German entity in the early s and placed in the same grounds.
After the expulsion of Königsberg 's German population at the end of World War II , the University of Königsberg where Kant taught was replaced by the Russian-language Kaliningrad State University, which appropriated the campus and surviving buildings.
In , the university was renamed Immanuel Kant State University of Russia. The name change was announced at a ceremony attended by President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany, and the university formed a Kant Society, dedicated to the study of Kantianism.
In late November , his tomb and statue were vandalized with paint by unknown assailants, who also scattered leaflets glorifying Rus' and denouncing Kant as a "traitor".
The incident is apparently connected with a recent vote to rename Khrabrovo Airport , where Kant was in the lead for a while, prompting Russian nationalist resentment.
In Kant's essay " Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment? Kant maintained that one ought to think autonomously, free of the dictates of external authority.
His work reconciled many of the differences between the rationalist and empiricist traditions of the 18th century.
He had a decisive impact on the Romantic and German Idealist philosophies of the 19th century. His work has also been a starting point for many 20th century philosophers.
Kant asserted that, because of the limitations of argumentation in the absence of irrefutable evidence , no one could really know whether there is a God and an afterlife or not.
For the sake of morality and as a ground for reason, Kant asserted, people are justified in believing in God, even though they could never know God's presence empirically.
Thus the entire armament of reason, in the undertaking that one can call pure philosophy, is in fact directed only at the three problems that have been mentioned [God, the soul, and freedom].
These themselves, however, have in turn their more remote aim, namely, what is to be done if the will is free, if there is a God, and if there is a future world.
Now since these concern our conduct in relation to the highest end, the ultimate aim of nature which provides for us wisely in the disposition of reason is properly directed only to what is moral.
The sense of an enlightened approach and the critical method required that "If one cannot prove that a thing is, he may try to prove that it is not.
If he fails to do either as often occurs , he may still ask whether it is in his interest to accept one or the other of the alternatives hypothetically, from the theoretical or the practical point of view.
Hence the question no longer is as to whether perpetual peace is a real thing or not a real thing, or as to whether we may not be deceiving ourselves when we adopt the former alternative, but we must act on the supposition of its being real.
Morality in itself constitutes a system, but happiness does not, except insofar as it is distributed precisely in accordance with morality.
This, however, is possible only in the intelligible world, under a wise author and regent. Reason sees itself as compelled either to assume such a thing, together with life in such a world, which we must regard as a future one, or else to regard the moral laws as empty figments of the brain Kant drew a parallel between the Copernican revolution and the epistemology of his new transcendental philosophy , involving two interconnected foundations of his " critical philosophy ":.
These teachings placed the active, rational human subject at the center of the cognitive and moral worlds.
Kant argued that the rational order of the world as known by science was not just the accidental accumulation of sense perceptions.
Conceptual unification and integration is carried out by the mind through concepts or the "categories of the understanding " operating on the perceptual manifold within space and time.
The latter are not concepts,  but are forms of sensibility that are a priori necessary conditions for any possible experience. Thus the objective order of nature and the causal necessity that operates within it depend on the mind's processes, the product of the rule-based activity that Kant called, " synthesis.
The 'two-world' interpretation regards Kant's position as a statement of epistemological limitation, that we are not able to transcend the bounds of our own mind, meaning that we cannot access the " thing-in-itself ".
However, Kant also speaks of the thing in itself or transcendental object as a product of the human understanding as it attempts to conceive of objects in abstraction from the conditions of sensibility.
The notion of the " thing in itself " was much discussed by philosophers after Kant. It was argued that because the "thing in itself" was unknowable, its existence must not be assumed.
Rather than arbitrarily switching to an account that was ungrounded in anything supposed to be the "real," as did the German Idealists, another group arose to ask how our presumably reliable accounts of a coherent and rule-abiding universe were actually grounded.
This new kind of philosophy became known as Phenomenology , and its founder was Edmund Husserl. With regard to morality , Kant argued that the source of the good lies not in anything outside the human subject, either in nature or given by God , but rather is only the good will itself.
A good will is one that acts from duty in accordance with the universal moral law that the autonomous human being freely gives itself. This necessitates practical self-reflection in which we universalize our reasons.
These ideas have largely framed or influenced all subsequent philosophical discussion and analysis. The specifics of Kant's account generated immediate and lasting controversy.
Kant defines his theory of perception in his influential work the Critique of Pure Reason , which has often been cited as the most significant volume of metaphysics and epistemology in modern philosophy.
Firstly, Kant distinguishes between analytic and synthetic propositions :. An analytic proposition is true by nature of the meaning of the words in the sentence — we require no further knowledge than a grasp of the language to understand this proposition.
On the other hand, a synthetic statement is one that tells us something about the world. The truth or falsehood of synthetic statements derives from something outside their linguistic content.
In this instance, weight is not a necessary predicate of the body; until we are told the heaviness of the body we do not know that it has weight.
In this case, experience of the body is required before its heaviness becomes clear. Before Kant's first Critique, empiricists cf.
Hume and rationalists cf. Leibniz assumed that all synthetic statements required experience to be known. Kant contests this assumption by claiming that elementary mathematics, like arithmetic, is synthetic a priori , in that its statements provide new knowledge not derived from experience.
This becomes part of his over-all argument for transcendental idealism. That is, he argues that the possibility of experience depends on certain necessary conditions — which he calls a priori forms — and that these conditions structure and hold true of the world of experience.
His main claims in the " Transcendental Aesthetic " are that mathematic judgments are synthetic a priori and that space and time are not derived from experience but rather are its preconditions.
It is self-evident, and undeniably a priori , but at the same time it is synthetic. Thus Kant argued that a proposition can be synthetic and a priori.
Kant asserts that experience is based on the perception of external objects and a priori knowledge. But our mind processes this information and gives it order, allowing us to comprehend it.
Our mind supplies the conditions of space and time to experience objects. According to the "transcendental unity of apperception", the concepts of the mind Understanding and perceptions or intuitions that garner information from phenomena Sensibility are synthesized by comprehension.
Without concepts, perceptions are nondescript; without perceptions, concepts are meaningless. Thus the famous statement: "Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions [perceptions] without concepts are blind.
Kant also claims that an external environment is necessary for the establishment of the self. Although Kant would want to argue that there is no empirical way of observing the self, we can see the logical necessity of the self when we observe that we can have different perceptions of the external environment over time.
By uniting these general representations into one global representation, we can see how a transcendental self emerges. Kant deemed it obvious that we have some objective knowledge of the world, such as, say, Newtonian physics.
But this knowledge relies on synthetic , a priori laws of nature, like causality and substance. How is this possible? Kant's solution was that the subject must supply laws that make experience of objects possible, and that these laws are synthetic, a priori laws of nature that apply to all objects before we experience them.
To deduce all these laws, Kant examined experience in general, dissecting in it what is supplied by the mind from what is supplied by the given intuitions.
This is commonly called a transcendental deduction. To begin with, Kant's distinction between the a posteriori being contingent and particular knowledge, and the a priori being universal and necessary knowledge, must be kept in mind.
If we merely connect two intuitions together in a perceiving subject, the knowledge is always subjective because it is derived a posteriori, when what is desired is for the knowledge to be objective, that is, for the two intuitions to refer to the object and hold good of it for anyone at any time, not just the perceiving subject in its current condition.
What else is equivalent to objective knowledge besides the a priori universal and necessary knowledge? Before knowledge can be objective, it must be incorporated under an a priori category of understanding.
For example, if a subject says, "The sun shines on the stone; the stone grows warm," all he perceives are phenomena.
His judgment is contingent and holds no necessity. But if he says, "The sunshine causes the stone to warm," he subsumes the perception under the category of causality, which is not found in the perception, and necessarily synthesizes the concept sunshine with the concept heat, producing a necessarily universally true judgment.
To explain the categories in more detail, they are the preconditions of the construction of objects in the mind. Indeed, to even think of the sun and stone presupposes the category of subsistence, that is, substance.
For the categories synthesize the random data of the sensory manifold into intelligible objects. This means that the categories are also the most abstract things one can say of any object whatsoever, and hence one can have an a priori cognition of the totality of all objects of experience if one can list all of them.
To do so, Kant formulates another transcendental deduction. Judgments are, for Kant, the preconditions of any thought.
Man thinks via judgments, so all possible judgments must be listed and the perceptions connected within them put aside, so as to make it possible to examine the moments when the understanding is engaged in constructing judgments.
For the categories are equivalent to these moments, in that they are concepts of intuitions in general, so far as they are determined by these moments universally and necessarily.
Thus by listing all the moments, one can deduce from them all of the categories. One may now ask: How many possible judgments are there?
Kant believed that all the possible propositions within Aristotle's syllogistic logic are equivalent to all possible judgments, and that all the logical operators within the propositions are equivalent to the moments of the understanding within judgments.
Thus he listed Aristotle's system in four groups of three: quantity universal, particular, singular , quality affirmative, negative, infinite , relation categorical, hypothetical, disjunctive and modality problematic, assertoric, apodeictic.
The parallelism with Kant's categories is obvious: quantity unity, plurality, totality , quality reality, negation, limitation , relation substance, cause, community and modality possibility, existence, necessity.
The fundamental building blocks of experience, i. First there is the sensibility, which supplies the mind with intuitions, and then there is the understanding, which produces judgments of these intuitions and can subsume them under categories.
These categories lift the intuitions up out of the subject's current state of consciousness and place them within consciousness in general, producing universally necessary knowledge.
For the categories are innate in any rational being, so any intuition thought within a category in one mind is necessarily subsumed and understood identically in any mind.
In other words, we filter what we see and hear. Kant ran into a problem with his theory that the mind plays a part in producing objective knowledge.
Intuitions and categories are entirely disparate, so how can they interact? Kant's solution is the transcendental schema: a priori principles by which the transcendental imagination connects concepts with intuitions through time.
All the principles are temporally bound, for if a concept is purely a priori, as the categories are, then they must apply for all times.
Hence there are principles such as substance is that which endures through time , and the cause must always be prior to the effect.
Kant developed his moral philosophy in three works: Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals , Critique of Practical Reason , and Metaphysics of Morals In Groundwork , Kant' tries to convert our everyday, obvious, rational  knowledge of morality into philosophical knowledge.
The latter two works used "practical reason", which is based only on things about which reason can tell us, and not deriving any principles from experience, to reach conclusions which can be applied to the world of experience in the second part of The Metaphysics of Morals.
Kant is known for his theory that there is a single moral obligation , which he called the " Categorical Imperative ", and is derived from the concept of duty.
Kant defines the demands of moral law as "categorical imperatives". Categorical imperatives are principles that are intrinsically valid; they are good in and of themselves; they must be obeyed in all situations and circumstances, if our behavior is to observe the moral law.
The Categorical Imperative provides a test against which moral statements can be assessed. Kant also stated that the moral means and ends can be applied to the categorical imperative, that rational beings can pursue certain "ends" using the appropriate "means".
Ends based on physical needs or wants create hypothetical imperatives. The categorical imperative can only be based on something that is an "end in itself", that is, an end that is not a means to some other need, desire, or purpose.
Unlike a hypothetical imperative, a categorical imperative is an unconditional obligation; it has the force of an obligation regardless of our will or desires  In Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals Kant enumerated three formulations of the categorical imperative that he believed to be roughly equivalent.
According to Kant, one cannot make exceptions for oneself. The philosophical maxim on which one acts should always be considered to be a universal law without exception.
One cannot allow oneself to do a particular action unless one thinks it appropriate that the reason for the action should become a universal law.
For example, one should not steal, however dire the circumstances—because, by permitting oneself to steal, one makes stealing a universally acceptable act.
This is the first formulation of the categorical imperative, often known as the universalizability principle. Kant believed that, if an action is not done with the motive of duty, then it is without moral value.
He thought that every action should have pure intention behind it; otherwise, it is meaningless. The final result is not the most important aspect of an action; rather, how the person feels while carrying out the action is the time when value is attached to the result.
In Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals , Kant also posited the "counter- utilitarian idea that there is a difference between preferences and values, and that considerations of individual rights temper calculations of aggregate utility", a concept that is an axiom in economics: .
Everything has either a price or a dignity. Whatever has a price can be replaced by something else as its equivalent; on the other hand, whatever is above all price, and therefore admits of no equivalent, has a dignity.
But that which constitutes the condition under which alone something can be an end in itself does not have mere relative worth, i.
A phrase quoted by Kant, which is used to summarize the counter-utilitarian nature of his moral philosophy, is Fiat justitia, pereat mundus , "Let justice be done, though the world perish" , which he translates loosely as "Let justice reign even if all the rascals in the world should perish from it".
This appears in his Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch " Zum ewigen Frieden. Ein philosophischer Entwurf " , Appendix 1. The first formulation Formula of Universal Law of the moral imperative "requires that the maxims be chosen as though they should hold as universal laws of nature ".
One interpretation of the first formulation is called the "universalizability test". For a modern parallel, see John Rawls ' hypothetical situation, the original position.
The second formulation or Formula of the End in Itself holds that "the rational being, as by its nature an end and thus as an end in itself, must serve in every maxim as the condition restricting all merely relative and arbitrary ends".
The third formulation i. Formula of Autonomy is a synthesis of the first two and is the basis for the "complete determination of all maxims".
It states "that all maxims which stem from autonomous legislation ought to harmonize with a possible realm of ends as with a realm of nature". In principle, "So act as if your maxims should serve at the same time as the universal law of all rational beings ", meaning that we should so act that we may think of ourselves as "a member in the universal realm of ends", legislating universal laws through our maxims that is, a universal code of conduct , in a "possible realm of ends".
Commentators, starting in the 20th century, have tended to see Kant as having a strained relationship with religion, though this was not the prevalent view in the 19th century.
Karl Leonhard Reinhold , whose letters first made Kant famous, wrote "I believe that I may infer without reservation that the interest of religion, and of Christianity in particular, accords completely with the result of the Critique of Reason.
Do not the divinity and beneficence of the latter become all the more evident? Spinozism was widely seen as the cause of the Pantheism controversy , and as a form of sophisticated pantheism or even atheism.
As Kant's philosophy disregarded the possibility of arguing for God through pure reason alone, for the same reasons it also disregarded the possibility of arguing against God through pure reason alone.
This, coupled with his moral philosophy his argument that the existence of morality is a rational reason why God and an afterlife do and must exist , was the reason he was seen by many, at least through the end of the 19th century, as a great defender of religion in general and Christianity in particular.
Kant articulates his strongest criticisms of the organization and practices of religious organizations to those that encourage what he sees as a religion of counterfeit service to God.
He sees these as efforts to make oneself pleasing to God in ways other than conscientious adherence to the principle of moral rightness in choosing and acting upon one's maxims.
Kant's criticisms on these matters, along with his rejection of certain theoretical proofs grounded in pure reason particularly the ontological argument for the existence of God and his philosophical commentary on some Christian doctrines, have resulted in interpretations that see Kant as hostile to religion in general and Christianity in particular e.
Nevertheless, other interpreters consider that Kant was trying to mark off defensible from indefensible Christian belief. Wood  and Merold Westphal.
Kant calls practical "everything that is possible through freedom", and the pure practical laws that are never given through sensuous conditions but are held analogously with the universal law of causality are moral laws.
In the Critique of Practical Reason , at the end of the second Main Part of the Analytics ,  Kant introduces the categories of freedom, in analogy with the categories of understanding their practical counterparts.
Kant's categories of freedom apparently function primarily as conditions for the possibility for actions i to be free, ii to be understood as free and iii to be morally evaluated.
For Kant, although actions as theoretical objects are constituted by means of the theoretical categories, actions as practical objects objects of practical use of reason, and which can be good or bad are constituted by means of the categories of freedom.
Only in this way can actions, as phenomena, be a consequence of freedom, and be understood and evaluated as such.
Kant discusses the subjective nature of aesthetic qualities and experiences in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime Kant's contribution to aesthetic theory is developed in the Critique of Judgment where he investigates the possibility and logical status of "judgments of taste.
Walsh, differs from its modern sense. Baumgarten , who wrote Aesthetica —58 ,  Kant was one of the first philosophers to develop and integrate aesthetic theory into a unified and comprehensive philosophical system, utilizing ideas that played an integral role throughout his philosophy.
In the chapter "Analytic of the Beautiful" in the Critique of Judgment , Kant states that beauty is not a property of an artwork or natural phenomenon, but is instead consciousness of the pleasure that attends the 'free play' of the imagination and the understanding.
A pure judgement of taste is subjective since it refers to the emotional response of the subject and is based upon nothing but esteem for an object itself: it is a disinterested pleasure, and we feel that pure judgements of taste i.
Kant also believed that a judgement of taste shares characteristics engaged in a moral judgement: both are disinterested, and we hold them to be universal.
In the chapter "Analytic of the Sublime" Kant identifies the sublime as an aesthetic quality that, like beauty, is subjective, but unlike beauty refers to an indeterminate relationship between the faculties of the imagination and of reason, and shares the character of moral judgments in the use of reason.
The feeling of the sublime, divided into two distinct modes the mathematical and the dynamical sublime , describes two subjective moments that concern the relationship of the faculty of the imagination to reason.
Some commentators  argue that Kant's critical philosophy contains a third kind of the sublime, the moral sublime, which is the aesthetic response to the moral law or a representation, and a development of the "noble" sublime in Kant's theory of This imaginative failure is then recuperated through the pleasure taken in reason's assertion of the concept of infinity.
In the dynamical sublime there is the sense of annihilation of the sensible self as the imagination tries to comprehend a vast might.
This power of nature threatens us but through the resistance of reason to such sensible annihilation, the subject feels a pleasure and a sense of the human moral vocation.
This appreciation of moral feeling through exposure to the sublime helps to develop moral character. He illustrated his theory of humor by telling three narrative jokes in the Critique of Judgment.
He told many more jokes throughout his lectures and writings. Kant developed a distinction between an object of art as a material value subject to the conventions of society and the transcendental condition of the judgment of taste as a "refined" value in his Idea of A Universal History In the Fourth and Fifth Theses of that work he identified all art as the "fruits of unsociableness" due to men's "antagonism in society"  and, in the Seventh Thesis, asserted that while such material property is indicative of a civilized state, only the ideal of morality and the universalization of refined value through the improvement of the mind "belongs to culture".
In Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch ,  Kant listed several conditions that he thought necessary for ending wars and creating a lasting peace.
They included a world of constitutional republics. The process was described in "Perpetual Peace" as natural rather than rational:.
The guarantee of perpetual peace is nothing less than that great artist, nature In her mechanical course we see that her aim is to produce a harmony among men, against their will, and indeed through their discord.
As a necessity working according to laws we do not know, we call it destiny. But, considering its designs in universal history, we call it "providence," inasmuch as we discern in it the profound wisdom of a higher cause which predetermines the course of nature and directs it to the objective final end of the human race.
Kant's political thought can be summarized as republican government and international organization. Indeed, in each of these formulations, both terms express the same idea: that of legal constitution or of 'peace through law'.
Kant's political philosophy, being essentially a legal doctrine, rejects by definition the opposition between moral education and the play of passions as alternate foundations for social life.
The state is defined as the union of men under law. The state is constituted by laws which are necessary a priori because they flow from the very concept of law.
He opposed "democracy," which at his time meant direct democracy , believing that majority rule posed a threat to individual liberty.
He stated, " Kant lectured on anthropology , the study of human nature, for twenty-three and a half years. This was the subject of Michel Foucault 's secondary dissertation for his State doctorate , Introduction to Kant's Anthropology.
Kant's Lectures on Anthropology were published for the first time in in German. Kant was among the first people of his time to introduce anthropology as an intellectual area of study, long before the field gained popularity, and his texts are considered to have advanced the field.
His point of view was to influence the works of later philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Paul Ricoeur.
Kant was also the first to suggest using a dimensionality approach to human diversity. He analyzed the nature of the Hippocrates - Galen four temperaments and plotted them in two dimensions: 1 "activation", or energetic aspect of behaviour, and 2 "orientation on emotionality".
These two dimensions reappeared in all subsequent models of temperament and personality traits. Kant viewed anthropology in two broad categories: 1 the physiological approach, which he referred to as "what nature makes of the human being"; and 2 the pragmatic approach, which explored the things that a human "can and should make of himself.
Kant was one of the most notable Enlightenment thinkers to defend racism , and some have claimed that he was one of the central figures in the birth of modern "scientific" racism.
Where previous figures such as Carl Linnaeus and Johann Friedrich Blumenbach had supposed only "empirical" observation for racism, Kant produced a full-blown theory of race.
Using the Four Temperaments of ancient Greece, he proposed a hierarchy of four racial categories: white Europeans, yellow Asians, black Africans, and red Amerindians.
Kant wrote that "[Whites] contain all the impulses of nature in affects and passions, all talents, all dispositions to culture and civilization and can as readily obey as govern.
They are the only ones who always advance to perfection. He goes on that Hindustanis can never reach the level of abstract concepts and that a "great hindustani man" is one who has "gone far in the art of deception and has much money".
He stated that the Hindus always stay the way they are and can never advance. About black Africans, Kant wrote that "they can be educated but only as servants, that is they allow themselves to be trained".
He quotes David Hume as challenging anyone to "cite a [single] example in which a Negro has shown talents" and asserts that, among the "hundreds of thousands" of blacks transported during the Atlantic slave trade , even among the freed "still not a single one was ever found who presented anything great in art or science or any other praiseworthy quality".
To Kant, "the Negro can be disciplined and cultivated, but is never genuinely civilized. He falls of his own accord into savagery.
He calls them unmotivated, lacking affect, passion and love, describing them as too weak for labor, unfit for any culture, and too phlegmatic for diligence.
He said the Native Americans are "far below the Negro, who undoubtedly holds the lowest of all remaining levels by which we designate the different races".
Kant stated that "Americans and Blacks cannot govern themselves. They thus serve only for slaves. Kant was an opponent of miscegenation , believing that whites would be "degraded" and the "fusing of races" is undesireable, for "not every race adopts the morals and customs of the Europeans".
He stated that "instead of assimilation, which was intended by the melting together of the various races, Nature has here made a law of just the opposite".
Charles W. Mills wrote that Kant has been "sanitized for public consumption", his racist works conveniently ignored. Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze is credited with bringing Kant's contributions to racism to light in the s among Western philosophers, who often gloss over this part of his life and works.
It is, rather, evidence of an unchanging and unchangeable moral quality. Pauline Kleingeld points out that while Kant was indeed a staunch advocate of scientific racism for much of his career, his views on race changed significantly in works published in the last decade of his life.
This work also saw him providing extended arguments against European colonialism , which he claimed was morally unjust and incompatible with the equal rights held by indigenous populations.
Kleingeld argues that this shift in Kant's views later in life has often been forgotten or ignored in the literature on Kant's racist anthropology, and that the shift suggests a belated recognition of the fact that racial hierarchy was incompatible with a universalized moral framework.
Kant's influence on Western thought has been profound. This shift consisted in several closely related innovations that, although highly contentious in themselves, have become important postmodern philosophy and in the social sciences broadly construed generally:.
Kant's ideas have been incorporated into a variety of schools of thought. These include German Idealism , Marxism , positivism , phenomenology , existentialism , critical theory , linguistic philosophy , structuralism , post-structuralism , and deconstructionism.
During his own life, much critical attention was paid to his thought. He influenced Reinhold , Fichte , Schelling , Hegel , and Novalis during the s and s.
The school of thinking known as German Idealism developed from his writings. The German Idealists Fichte and Schelling, for example, tried to bring traditional "metaphysically" laden notions like "the Absolute", "God", and "Being" into the scope of Kant's critical thought.
Hegel was one of Kant's first major critics. Though by that time he had decided to pursue an academic career, the death of his father in and his failure to obtain the post of under-tutor in one of the schools attached to the university compelled him to withdraw and seek a means of supporting himself.
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He published more critiques in the years preceding his death on February 12, , in the city of his birth. Kant was the fourth of nine children born to Johann Georg Cant, a harness maker, and Anna Regina Cant.
Later in his life, Immanuel changed the spelling of his name to Kantto to adhere to German spelling practices. Both parents were devout followers of Pietism, an 18th-century branch of the Lutheran Church.
Seeing the potential in the young man, a local pastor arranged for the young Kant's education. While at school, Kant gained a deep appreciation for the Latin classics.
In , Kant enrolled at the University of Konigsberg as a theology student, but was soon attracted to mathematics and physics.
In , his father died and he was forced to leave the university to help his family. For a decade, he worked as a private tutor for the wealthy. During this time he published several papers dealing with scientific questions exploring the middle ground between rationalism and empiricism.
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