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Why did Rand focus her criticism on Kant so much compared to others?

Why did Rand focus her criticism on Kant so much compared to others?

November 8, 2023

Question: Why did Rand focus her criticism on Kant so much compared toothers?

 Well, that's a deep one. Any philosopher will say hundreds of things and take hundreds of positions, so you always have to focus on the fundamentals. The most fundamental issue in philosophy is the relationship between our consciousness and reality. This takes us into metaphysical issues of epistemology.

 Rand believes that we are capable of objectively coming to know reality. And the criticism that she makes about Kant, is that Kant is a genius at developing arguments that say that that is impossible. He says explicitly that the 'noumenal' world, the real world as itis independently of us, is in principle unknowable to human beings. And he develops very powerful arguments in support of that position.

 So, that cutting off of the mind from reality is a great philosophical 'sin' from Rand's position, and that's the most important issue, so that's why she is so harsh with respect to Kant.

Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
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Stephen Hicks Ph.D.

Stephen R. C. Hicks is a Senior Scholar for The Atlas Society and Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University. He is also the Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Rockford University.

Er ist Autor von Die Kunst des Argumentierens: Lektüre für logische Analyse (W. W. Norton & Co., 1998), Erklärung der Postmoderne: Skeptizismus und Sozialismus von Rousseau bis Foucault (Scholargy, 2004), Nietzsche und die Nazis (Ockhams Rasiermesser, 2010), Unternehmerisches Leben (CEEF, 2016), Liberalismus Pro und Contra (Connor Court, 2020), Kunst: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond (mit Michael Newberry, 2021) und Eight Philosophies of Education (2022). Er hat in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics und Das Wall Street Journal. Seine Schriften wurden in 20 Sprachen übersetzt.

Er war Gastprofessor für Wirtschaftsethik an der Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Gastprofessor am Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, Gastprofessor an der Universität von Kasimir dem Großen, Polen, Gastprofessor am Harris Manchester College der Universität Oxford, England, und Gastprofessor an der Jagiellonen-Universität, Polen.

Seinen B.A.- und M.A.-Abschluss erwarb er an der Universität von Guelph, Kanada. Seinen Doktortitel in Philosophie erwarb er an der Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Im Jahr 2010 wurde er mit dem Excellence in Teaching Award seiner Universität ausgezeichnet.

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