This page features a collection of the best resources on Immanuel Kant. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of Kant:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Kant. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 21,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Kant:
“Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is the central figure in modern philosophy. He synthesized early modern rationalism and empiricism, set the terms for much of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, and continues to exercise a significant influence today in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and other fields. The fundamental idea of Kant’s “critical philosophy” – especially in his three Critiques: the Critique of Pure Reason (1781, 1787), the Critique of Practical Reason (1788), and the Critique of the Power of Judgment (1790) – is human autonomy….”
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If you’d like to read a short passage from a classic work of philosophy:
- Read this short passage from Kant’s ‘Groundwork’ on duty and reason as the fundamental principle of morality [1700 words]
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Kant
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