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Immanuel Kant
April 22, 1724 - February 12, 1804
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.


What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?


I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.


So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.


From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.


He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

    Topics: Animal

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.


A categorical imperative would be one which represented an action as objectively necessary in itself, without reference to any other purpose.


Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.


To be is to do.

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It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience.


Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.


Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.


But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.


Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.


Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.


Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.


All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?


Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.


The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason.


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