Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

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Thoughts Without Content Are Empty, Intuitions Without Concepts Are Blind

In Critique of Pure Reason, what does Kant mean by the statement "Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind?"

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Kantian thought is notoriously complex, but it is derived from simple principles, such as the two presented here. The proposition that thoughts without content are empty may be regarded as a tautology, only worth stating explicitly as a stepping stone to some more difficult proposition. Indeed, it is evident that anything without content is empty, since that is what the word "empty" means. Pure thought is impossible, since thought must be about something. This thing might be abstract (justice, truth, beauty) or concrete (trees, flowers, buildings), but there must be content of some kind. Even if you are thinking about nothing, you are thinking about the idea of nothing,...

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This statement has to do with people's ability to comprehend the world around them:  in order to understand their surroundings, people rely both on their perception and on a pre-existing foundation of knowledge.  Without this a priori "content" or "concept," people cannot make sense of the things they experience.    

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