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[kan-tee-uh n, kahn-] /ˈkæn ti ən, ˈkɑn-/
of, relating to, or resembling the philosophy of Kant.
an adherent of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant.
Origin of Kantian
First recorded in 1810-20; Kant + -ian
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post-Kantian, adjective
pre-Kantian, adjective Unabridged
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(of a philosophical theory) derived from or analogous to a position of Immanuel Kant, esp his doctrines that there are synthetic a priori propositions which order our experience but are not derived from it, that metaphysical conclusions can be inferred from the nature of possible experience, that duty is to be done for its own sake and not as a means to any other end, and that there is a world of things-in-themselves to be distinguished from mere phenomena See also transcendental argument, transcendental idealism, categorical imperative, noumenon
Derived Forms
Kantianism, Kantism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Kantian

1796, of or pertaining to German thinker Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) or his philosophy.

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