Definition of Kantian in US English:

Kantian

adjective

  • Relating to or consistent with the works of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant.

    ‘a sophisticated Kantian account of praise and blame’
    • ‘The first important school of thought to arise out of Kantian philosophy was the subjective idealism of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel.’
    • ‘Kantian moral philosophers will find much to disagree with, but the book raises important puzzles for Kantian moral theory.’
    • ‘Freud struggled to reconcile his notion of unconscious time with his Kantian and Newtonian view of the psyche.’
    • ‘It's an idea that has to do with language being actual, being temporal and spatial, to be Kantian about it.’
    • ‘The Kantian concern with the beautiful was eclipsed by his notion of the sublime.’
    • ‘But he doesn't spell out his theory in dull, prosaic, Kantian or Cartesian fashion.’

noun

  • A person who supports the works of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant.

    ‘he considered himself at this time to be a Kantian’
    • ‘I am a new Kantian in regards to my epistemology.’
    • ‘They had already inherited those problems in their traditional forms along with the basic philosophical stances of the Kantians, Hegelians, and positivists.’
    • ‘Other developments in mathematics also proved problematic for Kantians.’
    • ‘An ardent Kantian, Muller believed that he had found the physiological equivalent of Kant's categories of thought.’
    • ‘Modern Kantians usually concede that Kant was too optimistic about our ability always to see the right thing to do.’

Pronunciation

Kantian

/ˈkɑntiən//ˈkäntēən/