Critique Of Pure Reason, By Immanuel Kant

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To begin with, biology recognizes that species that adapt to the external conditions of their environment survive and those that do not adapt do not survive. Considering that the human species have done so well in surviving, our cognitive abilities have helped us develop strategies against this harsh environment. According to Immanuel Kant, he acknowledges that reason is based on experience. And both play a role in constructing our knowledge, this is referred to as a synthetic a posterior knowledge. With this, humans are able to understand the reality they are facing no matter what type of situation they are in. It is true that our minds must conform to reality rather than our experience of reality conforming to the structure of the mind. The…show more content…
This will arouse activity in our understanding to compare these representations. Because the human species are able to have senses, our cognitive abilities have strengthened to understand what is taking place at a certain moment. According to the article, “Humans Have Evolved Specialized Skills of Social Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence of Hypothesis” written by Esther Herrmann et al, suggests that one’s “cognitive abilities evolve in response to relatively specific environmental challenges” this explains how one may observe “catching birds with exceptional memory skills.” Under these circumstances, in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, clearly states that empirical knowledge is received through impressions and one cannot distinguish it from “raw material, until with long practice of attention” one can be skilled in separating it (123). Kant is agreeing with the empiricists on how knowledge cannot go so far beyond the experience because experience can provide materials for knowledge. Adding to Kant’s argument, I would point out that experience one will be able to apply it to past knowledge, making it easier for them to connect two unrelated ideas…show more content…
However, Kant insists that to find certainty within experience the mind has to organize it in a way that is necessary to apply it in a universal way. This way, the mind can have a chance to construct the objects found in the experience out of the raw materials, founded by the senses. To explain what Kant is referring too, he considers sense perception as intuitions. These intuitions are based on the mind’s direct awareness. Like in the article that was previously stated, Hermann also found that humans have skills that have enabled them to “create different cultural groups, each operating with a distinctive set of artifacts, symbols, and social practices” in order to see the difference between each diverse group, direct awareness must be achieved (Hermann et al 1360). To be able to perceive a set of artifacts, for example, to perceive the redness of a cloak, the two powers of sensory interpretation must be applied and those are sensibility and
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