Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk's Critical and Distant Engagement with Kant



Year of publication 2015
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description It needs to be pointed out that Masaryk adopted his critical stance towards Kant during his studies at the University of Vienna in the context of Brentano's teachings. For Masaryk, Kant is a subjectivist, who isolated man from the external world, devoted little attention to special sciences, underestimated the psychological analysis of human knowledge, separated the rational and empirical aspects of knowledge, all of which resulted in the rise of German speculative idealism as well as undesirable titanism in 19th century. Even though Masaryk's critical attitude to Kant did not change in his Modern Man and Religion, words of recognition appear.
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