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An Expose of Pedantic Logic in German Idealism “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.” -John Locke As the father of the philosophical movement known as German Idealism, Immanuel Kant paved the way for a long list of philosophers who would come after him. His expose of the inner workings of cognitive processes is undertaken in an expert fashion in his essay Critique of Pure Reason and he successfully elucidates the complexities that were unknown to pre-Enlightenment thinkers. Kant attempts to break the separate types of thoughts that humans can experience into categories based on the nature of the cognitions. One concept that Kant discusses with fervent reasoning is that of a priori knowledge, which considers that certain thoughts can be formulated without the aid of experience. While Kant does recognize that there are cognitions that are inferenced empirically, he maintains that the realm of a priori knowledge is very real. He also identifies a barrier that exists between analytical and synthetic knowledge: he sees the first as an assessment that is inherent in the thing that is being analyzed, while the second describes a judgment that is made which is not asserted by an object’ mere existence. After explaining both ideas in detail, he then connects them. This unity of the two otherwise separate concepts, is the basis of his argument for synthetic a priori knowledge and is undertaken with impressive resolve and passionate reasoning; however, his argument, while stable overall) is at times quite circular and has some considerable
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gaps in it, making synthetic a priori knowledge appear to be possible only through a logical jump that utilizes empirical evidence for support. Kant’s categorization of the types of knowledge is accurate as well as eye- opening. His definition of a priori illustrates the concept immaculately, as he states that “necessity and strict universality are safe indicators of a priori cognition.” (Kant, 144). This statement explains a priori to be something that is inherently connected to the thing
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