35. Tuesday, February 23, 2010

35. Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - PHL Tuesday, February 23,...

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PHL Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Grenzbegriff = limit concept, or threshold idea: the limits of explanation posts or lends the limits of explanation there is something beyond knowledge, it cannot be explained or know, and something can be said about it, it is negative as we know it but it is necessary that something is said about that of which we do not know Kant, Preface to K1: “Human reason has this peculiar fate , that in one species of its knowledge, it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of reason itself, it is not able to ignore; but which, as transcending all its powers, it is also not able to answer.” What questions? Ideas of speculation - God, nature of freedom, end of the universe these questions are af±icted by reason but cannot be answered by reason itself Hume would say there are lots of bad answers to these questions - skepticism combined with the fragmatics of living your life Kant wants to give an account of knowledge, even if it is limited by necessity Cf. Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus “Whereof we cannot speak we must pass over in silence” - could be an open door to mysticism, or leap of faith - if reason can’t answer these questions but we are still af±icted by them there must be
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PHL 100Y1 taught by Professor Professormarkkingwell during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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