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Immanuel Kant: Biography and Conflict (06:12)


Kant's most famous works were completed in his old age. His masterpiece is "Critique of Pure Reason." His work reveals conflict between physical science and ethical and religious convictions.

Kant: Logic and Experience (06:39)

Kant was dissatisfied with how his predecessors had dealt with the conflict of physical science and religion. Hume: all propositions may be considered in two ways--a priori knowledge or experience.

Kant: Reality and Appearances (04:34)

Kant draws a distinction between the world as it is in itself and appearances. Human knowledge relies on two things: what there is to know and what perceptive apparatus humans have.

Kant: Form of Experience (05:53)

Kant calls his view of knowledge "the metaphysics of nature." Space and time are imposed upon human sensibility. Arithmetic deals with forms of sensibility. Experiences are sense-dependent.

Kant: Morality and Free Will (05:59)

Kant tries to build a firm foundation for theological speculations. Kant believes in God's existence. He understands that belief in God is not a matter of proof but a consequence of faith.

Kant: Ethics and Rationality (05:35)

Kant's work begins with a conflict between Newtonian physics and the requirements of ethics. Kant argues that ethics arise from reason.

Comprehending Kant (07:47)

"Real" reality is outside human perception and experience. Therefore, experience of the world is illusory. Kant's writing is almost purely academic. He is considered the world's greatest philosopher.

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World-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and contemporary philosopher Geoffrey Warnock discuss the philosophy of anti-empiricist Immanuel Kant, and his view that activities and powers within the mind are the key to knowledge, and that all knowledge is appearance. Knowledge, for Kant, is a complex affair, in which knowing is acquired not just through the senses, but through pure concepts of understanding indigenous to the mind. Countering Hume, Kant insists it is the mind, not the senses, which unifies and organizes sensory flow into meaningful definitions of things. A BBC Production. Part of the series Great Philosophers. (45 minutes)

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL7286

ISBN: 978-1-4213-8716-1

Copyright date: ©1987

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