Response #1--Kant & Reason - Professor McCumber German 56 9...

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Professor McCumber German 56 9 October 2012 For Kant, reason is an activity conducted by a group of people. Why isn’t all use of reason “public?” Public use of reason, as defined by Kant, is reason based on knowledge of the matter that is shared and debated openly among knowledgeable and scholarly individuals. However, it is merely just that, an unrestricted debate, and ultimately there must be some sort of ruler or organized government in order to make a final decision. Public use of reason can help lead one to become more enlightened in the sense that it is a communal activity in which individuals can freely share their ideas and learn from those of others. Also, all people have the freedom to believe and follow any sort of religion, practice, or lifestyle one chooses to without being forced to comply with oppressive rule; on the other

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