What is the Copernican revolution in Kant?

February 9, 2011
The Copernican revolution is an analogy used by Kant.

Copernicus discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, while the opposite was thought before him.

Similarly, in The Critique of Pure Reason, Kant reverses the traditional relationsubject / object: it is now the subject that is central to knowledge. Before him was the object that was central to the theory of knowledge.