Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kant and A Tiger in Ealing

Almost as famous for his awful writing and superb timekeeping as he is for his illuminating Philosophies the rather short Immanuel Kant.  Born in 1724 in the area of Königsberg and  died 1804 in the area of Königsberg - it's said he didn't travel more than 10 miles from his place of birth in his whole life Kant  was one of the first Academic Philosophers to really cut the mustard.
Kant was the man of the Categorical Imperative, that is a concept which is pretty hardcore and perhaps  reflects his religious upbringing which was full of piety.  The idea of  Categorical Imperativ e (from  Encyclopedia Britannica)  is that:
Immanuel to his friends

“Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law” is a purely formal or logical statement and expresses the condition of the rationality of conduct rather than that of its morality, which is expressed in another Kantian formula: “So act as to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an end, and never as only a means.”
There are of course problems/challenges  carrying this out in the real world, the question do I look fat? May not get a response that keeps everyone happy but it does reduce the hypocrisy that many of us dislike (or think we do).

Kant's work is described as part of the Copernican Revolution in Philosophy which is summarised here.

Kant is not an easy figure to approach through his own writing, there's a theory Kant's writing is so poor because he was worried that when he really got writing in his late 50's he was worried that time was running out (life expectancy was not so great in the late 18th century).

Kant's view was that there was causality but he saw a problem 'conceiving of first cause' and he added a further level to the distinctions around synthetic and analytic definitions take a look here if you're feeling brave.

And if you're not so brave run through this..

A Tiger in Ealing

After over a month Tiger in the Ealing Broadway centre has reopened, what's puzzling me is how it took them so long to make such small changes?
The shop's brighter and some small changes to the layout and addition of a drinks fridge with seriously over priced canned drinks (Blimey! they're £2.00 per can)  - still quite like the shop though.
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