Kant’s Ideas of Reason
The following essay compares and contrasts Kant’s assumption of an innate, neutral and universal reason with the Buddhist assumption of the inwardly experienced, empty, universal mind.
The following paper explores how reason can always provide a hypothetical imperative to achieve any action. This paper examines how it is the categorical imperative, that reason leads to and which is the morally right action, that should be followed.
`Reason seeks to reduce the world into an ordered, unified systems, and to generalize. Theoretical reason seeks to determine what is and what ought to be. Theoretical reason, according to Kant, `makes it possible to recognize what is. But reason has its practical employment in determining what ought to be as well.’ (Kant, A 633/B 661) This roughly corresponds to the quests of the two philosophical disciplines of metaphysics and ethics. Kant believes that, “Human reason is by its nature architectonic.” (Kant, A 474/B 502). ”