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Here’s a useful link to information about the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, or transcendental idealism. Advertisements

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as audiobook

Who is the greatest philosopher of all time? This is not a question to which we are likely to find a staightforward answer, but it remains an important one. The BBC ran a vote in 2005, and Karl Marx came out as the clear winner. But the list itself provdes a good starting point for […]

Transcendental Idealism differs from standard (empirical) idealism in that it does not claim that the objects of our experiences would be in any sense only within our minds. Whenever we experience something, that experience is necessarily personal. The object experienced exists independent of our minds, but our perception of it is corrupted by the categories […]

In what way is Kant’s ‘transcendental idealism dependent on ‘things-in themselves’? What problems are there with the doctrine of things in themselves? How might Kant defend this doctrine?

How can we tell when we are dreaming? Some people have such lucid, everyday dreams that they believe they are awake. When they are truly awake, however, they realize their mistake… how?

A word now against Kant as a moralist. A virtue must be our invention; it must spring out of our personal need and defense. In every other case it is a source of danger. That which does not belong to our life menaces it; a virtue which has its roots in mere respect for the […]

When Kant wrote about morality, he took up the challenge of sceptical empiricists like Hume. Our field of knowledge, thus emancipated from Humean skepticism, is nevertheless limited to the world of phenomena. All theoretical attempts to know things-in-themselves are bound to fail. This inevitable failure is the theme of the portion of the Critique of […]

You can find a full e-text of Kant’s ‘Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals’ at You will note that the title is given on this site is ‘Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals’. This is simply a different translation of the original German title (‘Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten’). If you wish to […]

• Kant’s is a deontological and absolutist moral theory. • ‘Deon’ is the ancient Greek word for duty. (‘Dei’ = one must.) Deontological moral theories permit or forbid different actions by arguing that each of them is right or wrong with respect to moral duties. Deontological theories state that actions are right or wrong in […]

Kant discusses the morality of suicide in Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: “A man feels sick of life as the result of a series of misfortunes that has mounted to the point of despair, but he is still so far in possession of his reason to ask himself whether taking his own life may […]