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Kant, Immanuel Line breaks: Im¦man|uel Kant

Definition of Kant, Immanuel in English:

( 1724–1804), German philosopher. In the Critique of Pure Reason (1781) he countered Hume’s sceptical empiricism by arguing that any affirmation or denial regarding the ultimate nature of reality (‘noumenon’) makes no sense. All we can know are the objects of experience (‘phenomena’), interpreted by space and time and ordered according to twelve key concepts. Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason (1788) affirms the existence of an absolute moral law—the categorical imperative.



Pronunciation: /ˈkantɪən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Nietzsche rejected the Kantian distinction between a noumenal and phenomenal world.
  • And he used Kantian categories to analyse Hobbes's laws of nature in this way.
  • I see Adorno as a Kantian who wants to correct an error in Kant's critical philosophy.


Pronunciation: /ˈkantɪənɪzm/
Example sentences
  • After all, moral theories such as Kantianism, utilitarianism, and common-sense morality require that an agent give weight to the interests of others.
  • Like Maner before her, Johnson recommended the ‘applied ethics’ approach of using procedures and concepts from utilitarianism and Kantianism.
  • In any case, objections similar to those against Kantianism may be raised against what we may call the semantic conception of metaphysics.

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