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terça-feira, 22 de abril de 2014

10 things said by Kant

I was searching something on Google, but then I mistyped, Google completed my typing and searched "Immanuel Kant", that philosopher, you know? Coincidence or not, I noticed that today would be his birthday, if he was still alive (he died in 1804), and then, I went to read a little about him.

I don't believe that just a quote is enough to close a discussion or a idea, even so, it is not my intention to talk about the principles of Transcendental idealism or something like that in here and in 5 minutes, but, below, there are some of the many things Mr. Kant wrote that for some reason captured my attention.

1. "Experience is the perception when understood."

2. "It is the problem of education that underlies the great secret of the betterment of humanity."

3. "That's why we send children to school: not so much to learn something, but to get used to stay calm, sit, and to comply fully what they are commanded to do, so, them do not even think they have to implement their ideas."

4. "Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind."

5. "Dreams are involuntary poetic art."

6. "Human reason has this peculiar fate that in one species of its knowledge it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of reason itself, it is not able to ignore, but which, as transcending all its powers, it is also not able to answer."

7. "I ought never to act except in such a way that I could also will that my maxim should become a universal law."

8. "Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination."

9. "I have no knowledge of myself as I am, but merely as I appear to myself."

10. "Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness."


So, what you think? Oh, and he died 200 years ago.