Kant on Education

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  1. kritagya dhanda says:

    Your thoughts over Kant and his perception on education are valid to some extent as you have conveyed the message of how Kant has always looked for enlightenment through the discipline but at the same time the Kantanian view over education is not actually relating to the environment of the educational institution as you have put into the modern society you have cited in the article. The moral education which Kant has perceived as the end in ourselves is the education that we endure through the environment of nature itself. The subject over judicial and sustainable usage of resources with which our optimal result can be established and how we go about it is what Kant’s view on education is all about. Yes, it is true that in the modern society we cannot possibly be thinking of getting education without an institution like schools and colleges but how the system has made us or trained us into a particular way of thinking creates dogmatic views over which we look down upon those who haven’t gone through the “formal training” which you and i think is a necessity in order to think for ourselves. What Kant majorly emphasizes on is the freedom of thought and understanding, for example one may be an abstract thinker who believes that the smoke of the fire goes upwards and disappears because its place is in the “heavens” where as the scientific approach is much different. Both views have their own origins of knowledge but what is significant is the ideals proofs behind it. It is obvious that we will take the scientific view in order to allow ourselves into the matter but we are compelled into believing so since we are trained into believing it. Kant progresses over the issue of duty where proper education is needed for the good fortune of humanity in future but not on stringent actions and ideas with proofs but detailed experiments with the self. It is through this we receive real and manageable education that is through critiquing what we already have and make the best of it. The other aspect where many other philosophers differ is not how we gain knowledge but how we use it. i would not indulge on that topic but yes here we must advance onto how we are in a juxtaposition through training as we are just by products of controlled education rather than self realization. The idea of knowledge is not power but control and persist with others.

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