The scope of Immanuel Kant's influence on Western thought is immeasurable and particularly how he changed the structure within which philosophical inquiry has been carried out.
His influence extends to not only to philosophy itself, but also to the social sciences and humanities in general.
Enjoy some of these memorable quotations from his works:
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
The enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgment of reason, and perverts its liberty.
Look closely. The beautiful may be small.
All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.
But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'
Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.
The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.
It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
Dare to think!
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.By a lie a man throws away and, as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
The greatest problem for the human race, to the solution of which Nature drives man, is the achievement of a universal civic society which administers law among men.
To be is to do.
Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another. ... Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence!
Reason does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order to gradually progress from one level of insight to another.
The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people, and it never regards the person as a thing.
The greatest problem for the human species, the solution of which nature compels him to seek, is that of attaining a civil society which can administer justice universally.
The human heart refuses to believe in a universe without purpose.
To a high degree we are, through art and science, cultured. We are civilized — perhaps too much for our own good — in all sorts of social grace and decorum. But to consider ourselves as having reached morality — for that, much is lacking.
What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?
All natural capacities of a creature are destined to evolve completely to their natural end.
But only he who, himself enlightened, is not afraid of shadows.
The death of dogma is the birth of morality.
How then is perfection to be sought? Wherein lies our hope? In education, and in nothing else.
Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.
Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of another, and in so far as it tends to exist with the freedom of all according to a universal law, it is the one sole original inborn right belonging to every man in virtue of his humanity.