Kant And Kant 's Metaphysical Theorizing

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Kant’s metaphysical theorizing was in large part focused on the matter of how synthetic a-priori judgements were possible. For Kant, the question of how synthetic a-priori judgements operated was central to understanding the nature of human thinking, and to enabling metaphysics. Previously Kant had been alerted to the writings of David Hume. Hume had effectively claimed that knowledge only came from analytic a-priori judgments or by synthetic a-posteriori. Hume criticized the notion of cause and effect, and claimed it to be product of conventions of thought, rather than reason. Kant had recognized that if Hume’s claims were to be regarded and applied to other key concepts, that it would undermine the basis of metaphysics; due the criticisms ability to be applied to many other key notions of the world. Since metaphysics was being called into question, and it seemed that people were not making progress in metaphysical understanding in the way the sciences seemed to have been doing, Kant figured that he needed to discern away in which metaphysics was possible, and could be established as a science. Kant begins by considering how metaphysics could be determined. This would involve figuring its object, sources of cognition, and /or type of cognition. Firstly, metaphysics must be non-empirical, and its principles and basic ideas must not be derived from experience. Thus, metaphysics must be a-priori cognition “coming from pure understanding and pure reason”. It is distinguished

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