Saturday, 18 June 2011

Kant on education

From Wikipedia

The faculty of judgment is a special talent which cannot be taught, but must be practised. This is what constitutes our so-called mother-wit, the absence of which cannot be remedied by any schooling. For although the teacher may offer, and as it were graft into a narrow understanding, plenty of rules borrowed of others, the faculty of using them rightly must belong to the pupil himself, and without that talent no precept that may be given is safe from abuse.
Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason


James Higham said...

I presume, of course, AKH, that you consider Kant cant and agree with Schopenhauer on one of the philosophers who should never have been accorded the hero-worship he was.

A K Haart said...

JH - to a degree yes - he was overrated. I think Kant was a poor writer with a few interesting ideas which he unfortunately made vastly over-technical.