Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Reader's Guide by James Luchte

By James Luchte

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In his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume begins with the impressions of the senses as the immediate source of any possible source of truth. And, writing before Kant's First Critique, he had as his target the rationalist attempt to establish the a priori truth of reason. Indeed, it is not even clear if he would have accepted Kant's intervention and attempt to synthesise and displace the positions of rationalism and empiricism. With his beginning in the impressions of the senses, Hume states that any knowledge that we could ever have is based on the habitual association of certain impressions, gathered amid a process of inductive generalisation.

For instance, my maxim may be that I should kill myself. Yet, examined in light of Kant's criteria, such a maxim, if universalised, would destroy humanity itself, and thus, would eliminate the topos for authentic freedom, autonomy and personhood. Thus, such a maxim is to be denied. An example which Kant gives is that of never lying. He believes that such a maxim could be universalised. Yet, there are many critiques of this famous example, such as 'What if a killer comes to the door and asks for a friend you know is hiding?

And, while Kant does not accept the barbarism of empiricism, he posits the necessity of the conditions of possibility of experience amidst which any legitimate philosophical activity can find determination 32 OVERVIEW OF THEMES and expression. Pure concepts will only play amongst themselves and will have no relation to the world, just as mere experience can never yield a priori truth. It is the middle-world which will disclose the possibility of a synthetic knowledge that is at once a priori, a knowledge which transcends the criticisms sustained by either pure concepts or pure experience.

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