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Kant by Roger Scruton
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Sep 17, 2011

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This is a very simple guide to Immanuel Kant's philosophy, which is too complicated to read in the original, full translation.

Kant's supreme argument vindicating human rationality is presented in a brief summary, using language that is relatively easy to understand even if you don't have a degree in philosophy. Morality, humanity and civilised behaviour are shown to have rational bases, without the need for religion.

That doesn't mean you have to abandon religion, of course, if that's what does it for you (Kant himself wasn't an atheist), but rational, self-interested actions are shown to lead to something other than unprincipled, dog-eat-dog behaviour, which itself is shown to be irrational.

With this book, you will be able to bandy Kant's Categorical Imperative round the pub after a few pints, without sounding like a pretentious tool. That won't stop you being a pretentious tool if you are one already, of course, but you won't be able to blame Kant for that.
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Anharb Is that 'tool' or 'fool'?

Patrick Neylan Anharb wrote: "Is that 'tool' or 'fool'?"

Read it how you will, but I meant 'tool'. A fool is seldom intelligent; a tool often is.

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