Single Idea 22054

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

Full Idea

A central aim of German Idealism is to overcome Kant's oppositions between appearances and thing in themselves, and between receptivity and spontaneity.


'Spontaneity' refers to our imposing categories on experiences

Gist of Idea

German Idealism tried to stop oppositions of appearances/things and receptivity/spontaneity


Andrew Bowie (German Philosophy: a very short introduction [2010], 2)

Book Reference

Bowie,Andrew: 'German Philosophy: very short intro' [OUP 2010], p.24

A Reaction

I have the impression that there were two strategies: break down the opposition within the self (Fichte), or break down the opposition in the world (Spinozism).