Kant o sebepoznání člověka

Jiří Chotaš


Self-Knowledge of Man in Kant

The author argues that for Kant man’s self-knowledge is very limited. From the theoretical point of view, a man knows himself only in the same way as he knows other objects in nature. From the practical point of view a man knows himself according to the effects of his actions in the sensible world and, only indirectly, makes a conclusion about their cause. Kant ascribes to man an intelligible character, but this character remains hidden to him. From both points of views, therefore, a man knows himself only in the way as he appears to himself, and not as he is in himself.