Kant: A Very Short Introduction Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is described by something whose existence is not dependent upon anything else?

2. What food was used as an example to imply the unchanged existence of some medium?

3. How old was Kant when "Critique of Pure Reason" was published?

4. According to Kant, what is essential to the development of an ethical theory?

5. What is considered to be Kant's most important work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the effect of Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason"?

2. Why do you think Kant wanted to believe in the existence of the soul from a philosophical standpoint?

3. What does the following statement mean? Existence is not a predicate of perfection.

4. What is objective knowledge?

5. According to Hume, what is needed to believe or understand something?

6. Describe Kant's career as a professor.

7. Describe Kant's view of religious arguments.

8. What are Kant's categories of thought?

9. What was Leibniz's argument about reason?

10. What type of questions did Kant believe that "Critique of Pure Reason" answered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the difference between a hypothetical imperative and a categorical imperative? How did Kant use these in his theories? Give three examples of each.

Essay Topic 2

What arguments does Kant's "Critique of Judgment" make? Why are his arguments disorganized and weak?

Essay Topic 3

What type of influence did Kant have on Hegel? Why is his interpretation the most extravagant of those presented?

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