more from Immanuel Kant

Single Idea 6183

[catalogued under 20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / a. Will to Act]

Full Idea

This is the first question: Is pure reason sufficient of itself to determine the will, or is it only as empirically conditioned that it can do so?

Gist of Idea

Can pure reason determine the will, or are empirical conditions relevant?


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Practical Reason [1788], Intro)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Practical Reason (Third edition)', ed/tr. Beck,Lewis White [Library of Liberal Arts 1993], p.15

A Reaction

This seems to be the core question of intellectualism, which goes back to Socrates. You can only accept the question if you accept the concept of 'pure' reason. Values seem to be needed for action, as well as empirical circumstances.