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Immanuel Kant – Critique of Pure Reason Undoubtedly cognition begins with experience and although it does start with experience, it doesn’t necessarily arise from it. We can classify cognitions into either being experiential, i.e., whose sources are only a posteriori, hence only experience or being a priori , i.e., those that occur absolutely independent of experience. Furthermore, a priori cognition is only labeled pure if it is not at all empirically derived. Hence although the statement: “Every change as its cause” is a priori statement, change is an experience- derived concept and hence it is not a pure a priori statement. How do we define a judgment to be a valid a priori statement? Firstly, the proposition needs to provoke a necessity and needs to be derived from one that itself has the validity of a necessary proposition in order to be an absolute a priori. Secondly, if there is no exception made to the proposition and it is thought of with strict universality, then it is
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Unformatted text preview: not derived from experience and hence the judgment is valid absolutely a priori. Essentially, necessity and strict universality are safe indicators of a priori cognition. For a proposition, such as “all change must have a cause”, Kant believes that ordinary understanding is not necessary to prove the existence of pure a priori principles, instead, it is sufficient to merely prove that experience necessitate these principles; otherwise, how can experience be a certainty if its preceding rules are empirical and hence contingent? Kant continues on to explain how such an a priori origin can be attributed to the empirical concept of an object (corporeal or incorporeal) as omitting all the properties deduced through experience still leaves behind the property that determines the object’s “substance-ness” and hence we are forced to believe that this concept resides a priori in our cognitive power. Kant then describes how some cognitions have concepts that evade all possible...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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