Single Idea 20950

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / d. Absolute idealism]

Full Idea

German Idealism aims to demonstrate that our thinking relates to a nature which is intelligibly structured in the same way as our thinking is structured.

Gist of Idea

German Idealism says our thinking and nature have the same rational structure


Andrew Bowie (Introduction to German Philosophy [2003], 3 'Limits')

Book Reference

Bowie,Andrew: 'Introduction to German Philosophy' [Polity 2003], p.58

A Reaction

Now that's an idealism I might buy into. Frege thought his logic was mapping rational reality. My angle is that we are a product of this 'reality', so we should expect our thinking to be similarly structured. Reason is derived from nature.

Related Idea

Idea 20951 The absolute I divides into consciousness, and a world which is not-I [Fichte, by Bowie]