Tagged Immanuel Kant

Jane Austen and the Enlightenment

Underlying Enlightenment ideals was Locke’s assertion that the mind is a blank slate receiving and ordering worldly sensations for the benefit of the individual. With this, the focus shifts forward: the individual is valorised and self- interest legitimized- no longer is he encouraged to blindly follow established teachings (i.e. church, government, aristocracy). Instead he’s to be the creator of his own meaning and truth.

Kant’s Moral Imperative – Reciprocity and Lies

On a spirited morning in spring of 1939, a blonde, blue-eyed Nazi wearing a slate grey uniform complete with glossy gun stands at my front door.  “Where is the Jew, Abraham?” He flashes an official-looking piece of parchment in my face.  “Is he here?” Of course he’s here.  Where else would he be?  With my own eyes, I saw him sipping mint tea in my parlor just two minutes ago.  But if I tell that to this regimental monster, then Abraham, my best friend and clever business partner, is toast.  Clutching a dog-earred copy of Kant’s “The Moral Law” to…