amy nada i definitely haven't done my homework, and fear that it's really too late to "get it" now. 100228
z which book? 100301
amy nada i couldn't even remember the names of the books so i wikipedia'd him, probably the book i'd want to be familiar with begins with "Critique". probably i'd "want" to know about his whole body of work, but that's too much arduous reading for me. so maybe one of those comic books. it's just that i see Kant mentioned often, and I don't quite get it when that happens, but it seems like i should know about what his ideas really were. any suggestions, z? this seems to be right up your alley -- i actually hoped that you'd respond when i posted this. 100301
z i doubt that i could do a better job than wikipedia. kant is famous for his assertion that relying purely on reason creates false constructs that conform to the bias inherent in the duality and opposition mentality of our conceptual condition. he claims that the mind naturally thinks in terms of causality; that every thing is embedded in a causal chain of interdependency. because of this, he asserts that we must temper pure reason with experiential information. so reason + experience = knowledge.

he gets really technical, and being that he was writing in high german, he tended toward very clausal constructions, so reading his sentences in english is like following the plot of a murder mystery.

i hope that helps, but i would encourage you to read the wiki article or a similar document.

good luck.
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