Self-Imposed Immaturity Kant

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It became totally normal under all these “[r]ules and formulas, those mechanical aids to the rational use’’ (p.1) to not think which is at the origin self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to think by itself and use its intelligence without being guided by anyone. Immanuel Kant considers that the immaturity is self-imposed not because of the lack of intelligence, but rather because of the absence of resolution and courage to use its reason without being guided. Cowardice and laziness are the causes which pushes men to be guided by others. It is easier to be immature than use its reason. Immatures think in the following way “I have book to serve as my understanding, a pastor to serve as my conscience, a physician to determine my diet for me, and so on” (p.1) so they do not see the interest to begin to think by themselves. They only have to pay somebody else to take care of this boring occupation. Also, the majority of the men think that it is difficult and dangerous to become mature. The fear to not succeed is present in each of them which stop them from trying or daring to go farther. Then that becomes difficult for them to try to go out of their immaturity which became their second nature. All these reasons are the cause for why a big part of the men remain gladly immature all their life long. According to Kant the only way to reach enlightenment is by using one's understanding without any…...

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