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Immanuel Kant

1724-1804 ,  German philosopher
Immanuel KantGerman philosopher who is considered a central figure in modern philosophy. His comprehensive and systematic work in epistemology (the theory of knowledge), ethics, and aesthetics greatly influenced all subsequent philosophy.

His major work: “The Critique of Pure Reason” (1781).

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We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.

Dare to think!

I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.

The death of dogma is the birth of morality.

But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.

Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild.

Human beings are never to be treated as a means but always as ends.

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

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

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

The wish to talk to God is absurd. We cannot talk to one we cannot comprehend — and we cannot comprehend God; we can only believe in Him.

Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.

Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

Metaphysics has as the proper object of its inquiries three ideas only: God, freedom, and immortality.

Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.


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