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Kant, Lindenmuth, me, Decartes
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8-Feb-2016 I was invited to the MOOC and have enrolled.
This text is a kind of response to course Introduction by Professor Lindenmuth
Here is a citation from the Introduction
Our discussion will center around two fundamental questions:
- “What can I know?” and
- “What should I do?”
After some hesitation I dived into GOOGLE and have found the author of these brilliant questions.
It turned out to be Immanuel Kant (not Professor Lindenmuth, as I thought first )
Here are some instant reasonings about this funny case.
Kant have stamped not two but three questions (wiki knows answers by Kant in brief too)
Let us put aside Kants' answers as IMHO the best universal formulas for village school teacher.
- What can I know? (We cannot know, through reason, anything that can't be a possible sense experience)
- What should I do? (Do that which will make you deserve happiness)
- What may I hope? (We can hope to be happy as far as we have made ourselves deserving of it through our conduct.)
Speak about questions.
Are they eternal I mean absolutely fundamental and central for intellectual human being of any century?
I do not think so
Kant was not a God, he was a human being.
His greateness could me measured by number of readers buying his books and by number of writers citating/referencing him.
He was a true believer in Isaac Newton absolute cosmology.
But thinking it over he felt himself so miserable.
So to save the human kind dignity he invented a trick making him great and famous.
He announced the science to be confiled at the surface of life and
in the same time
the religion to be true guide in full depth of life.
Kant's trick cannot help us to understand everyday life.
"Whenever you do not understand your every day life go and ask priest / mulla / rabi"
Not as smart as it ought to be
- Let me formulate my own basic questions instead of Kant's
- What problem of mine I should solve (these) and what I should ignore (those)?
- How can I solve these problem?
- How can I think over my experience to turn dark and vague feelings into well defined and transparent problems?
- By the way, it is pretty close to René Descartes' approach
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