Archives for November 10, 2011

Kant, thinking for oneself, etc. (continued)

If you haven't yet read the first part of this post, plesae go back and read it.  This won't make much sense without that.So, my thesis is that not only SHOULD mature people, including Christians, think for themselves; they DO--whether they admit it or not.  Nobody thinks for someone else--as much as they might try to influence their thinking.  At the very least the choice whether to believe what another person is saying is one's own and cannot be made for him or her.Before I get to the p … [Read more...]

Some thoughts about Kant’s “What Is Enlightenment?”

Lately I've been re-reading and studying Immanuel Kant's 1784 essay Was Ist Aufklarung? (What Is Enlightnment?)  It's available all over the internet, just google it if you're interested.I grew up in a church and denomination where it was Verboten to think for yourself--unless you were the great spiritual man of God du jour.  Even then, of course, nobody thought he or she (as in Aimee Semple MacPherson) thought for themselves; they received it right from God.I found Kant's essay l … [Read more...]