I don’t entirely agree. Plato was an idealist in that he thought there was the world of the mind. Kant’s big contribution was making an effort to clarify and to distinguish: what is the mind, what is the world, how does a thing exist? I believe that Hegel’s idealism was not Platonic but was modified by Kant. My person belief is that the world exists and the mind does as well. Perception is the relationship between a thing in the world and a consciousness…This also effects the mind. In our Western cultures, and especially for science, a level of objectivity is good. Now, in the 21st century we realize that the perceiver has a bias…Just as what is seen with the naked eye and the view through a microscope are different but in general neither is more real than the other. Humans and our genders, nationalities etc. influence our perception of reality but that does not mean that the world does not actually exist except in our mind.

Some of you have seen my paper at Scribd, that starts out with a short section on German Idealism. Someone posted the re-blogged segment to my blog today, so here is my comment on it, with other info.

Several, Four, Many

Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:49 PM

“Idealism” is a technical term in philosophy with a very narrow and specific meaning (see #3). It is very different from the general usage of the word (see #1 & 2). Worth checking out the full Wikipedia articles if you have the time.

1. belief in perfection: belief in and pursuit of perfection as an attainable goal
youthful idealism
2. living by high ideals: aspiring to or living in accordance with high standards or principles
3. belief that material things are imaginary: the philosophical belief that material things do not exist independently but only as constructions in the mind

1. impractical person: a perfectionist who rejects practical considerations
too much of an idealist to compromise with her opponents
2. somebody with high ideals: somebody who aspires to or abides by high standards or principles
3. philosophy believer in idealism:…

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