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Single Idea 6835

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 1. Continental Philosophy]

Full Idea

In his Third Critique Kant established a series of dualisms (pure/practical reason, nature/freedom, epistemology/ethics) but failed to provide a unifying principle; German idealism can be seen as an attempt to provide this principle.

Gist of Idea

German idealism aimed to find a unifying principle for Kant's various dualisms


Simon Critchley (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.187)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.187

A Reaction

He cites 'subject', 'spirit', 'art', 'will to power', 'praxis' and 'being' as candidates. This is a helpful overview for someone struggling to get to grips with that tradition.