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Nineteenth Century Philosophy

William Whewell

In what ways did William Whewell disagree with Immanuel Kant?

Whewell disagreed with Kant (1724–1804) in not limiting the number of Fundamental Ideas, and claiming that we can have objective knowledge of the world as it exists in itself, independently of our Fundamental Ideas. Kant, on the other hand, held that we cannot know things as they are in themselves, but only things as our categories enable us to understand them. Whewell posited God as the creator of our Fundamental Ideas. Because God had created them, these ideas matched reality.



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