Immanuel Kant

1724 - 1804

A Quote by Immanuel Kant on agreement, animals, beginning, certainty, hope, nature, parenthood, principles, relationships, science, simplicity, theory, and variety

Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential philosophers of the modern era, also presaged the feasibility of an evolutionary theory: The agreement of so many kinds of animals in a certain common structure, which seems to be fundamental not only in their skeletons, but also in the arrangement of the other parts - so that a wonderfully simple typical form, by the shortening and lengthening of some parts, and by the suppression and development of others, might be able to produce an immense variety of species - allows a ray of hope, however faint, to enter our minds, that here perhaps some result may be obtained, by the application of the principle of the mechanism of nature (without which there can be no natural science in general). This analogy of forms, which with all their differences seem to have been produced in accordance with a common prototype, strengthens our suspicions of an actual blood-relationship between them in their derivation from a common parent through the gradual approximation of one class of animals to another - beginning with the one in which the principle of purposiveness seems to be best authenticated, ie. man, and extending down to the polyps, and from these even down to mosses and lichens, and arriving finally at raw matter, the lowest stage of nature observable by us.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Critique of Judgment, 1790

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on happiness, idealism, imagination, and reason

Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on imagination and nature

Imagination is a powerful agent for creating, as it were, a second nature out of the material supplied to it by actual nature.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on belief, evil, feeling, good, and laws

. . . as to moral feeling, this supposed special sense, the appeal to it is indeed superficial when those who cannot think believe that feeling will help them out, even in what concerns general laws: and besides, feelings which naturally differ infinitely in degree cannot furnish a uniform standard of good and evil, nor has any one a right to form judgments for others by his own feelings. . . .

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Fundamental Principles of THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on happiness and morality

Morality is not really the doctrine of how to make ourselves happy but of how we are to be worthy of happiness.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on limits, peace, purpose, reason, and science

The universal and lasting establishment of peace constitutes not merely a part, but the whole final purpose and end of the science of right as viewed within the limits of reason.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: The Science of Right

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on conscience and prudence

Prudence reproaches; conscience accuses.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on beginning, knowledge, reason, senses, and understanding

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

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Critique of Pure Reason, 1781

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant

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

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on humanity

Act so as to use humanity, yourself and others, always as an end and never as a means to an end.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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