HUMAN KNOWLEDGE 5 supports the existence of knowledge that is independent of

Human knowledge 5 supports the existence of knowledge

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HUMAN KNOWLEDGE 5 supports the existence of knowledge that is independent of experience or even empirical evidence. Such knowledge is wholly developed by intuitions and is not possible to prove through empirical evidence, nor do it depend on the number or types of experiences an individual has come across (Russel, 2001) . It is self-generated knowledge that facilitates an individual reasoning capacity. Moreover, a priori knowledge is evident in particular instances; for instance, the ability of a human being to recognize differences between various things throughout the world. An individual can understand that a tree is different from an animal without necessarily having past experiences or conducting empirical analysis (Kant, 1902) . However, the essence of the differences between both can be determined by conducting an experimental analysis of their constituents. The ability to first recognize that they are different by just spotting them is an intuitive knowledge or rather what is referred to as the priori knowledge (Kant, 1902) . Additionally, a priori knowledge is founded on the intuitive judgements and intuitions, which enhances imaginations that hence contribute to logical reasoning among human beings. For example, it comes without saying that the act of torturing children or fellow human beings for the sake of having fun out of it is wrong. Hence, it is wise to argue that priori knowledge assists in upholding of morality among human beings. Through, a priori knowledge, human beings can recognize the wrong and right acts without necessarily undertaking any empirical experiences or having prior knowledge of such actions. However, although priori knowledge is considered as part of human knowledge, it is impossible to make are inferences and judgements regarding the existence or perception of all things based solely on a priori knowledge. Priori knowledge assists in enabling human beings to gain a general perception of certain things but cannot be able to generate the entire evidence
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HUMAN KNOWLEDGE 6 necessary to make the judgement for the whole existence of matters and other things in the world (Kant, 1902) . However, despite its weakness, it is considered as important as the posteriori knowledge since they both play the same prime role which is to enhance the human being’s ability to comprehend the different features and composition of the things present in the environment (Kant, 1902) . Additionally, both type of knowledge affirms human reasoning and interpretations of the existence of matter in society. Thus, intuitive knowledge/ the priori knowledge should be considered as equally important as the priori knowledge. And human knowledge should not be defined based on experience of the evidence, but rather it should be defined based on these two types of knowledge (Priori and Posteriori).
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