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Lecture 14_Kant - Kants Revolution E Kants Revolution i...

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Kant’s Revolution E. Kant’s Revolution i. Kant rejected the distinction between language and the world and thus between us and Truth. He thought that our “ideas”—our concepts and language—somehow shape and “set up” the world, imposing upon the world the structures that we experience. ii. We impose a set of rules on every experience. The word he uses for “set up” is constitutes . We constitute our own experience in the sense that we provide the rules and structures, according to which we experience objects as governed by the laws of nature and the relations of cause and effect . We can’t understand reality outside of the way that we constitute it through our basic concepts, which he calls “ categories. ” He identifies these as the basic rules of the human mind. Thus, there is no point to wondering whether or not our concepts match up to reality because there is no reality without our concepts.
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