Immanuel Kant on the limits of knowledge

If metaphysics is a science, why is it that it cannot, as other sciences, attain universal and lasting acclaim?

a priori statements are always true; a posteriori statements are subject to disproof

examples of analytic propositions: ‘a triangle has three sides’, ‘dogs are mammals’

examples of synthetic propositions: ‘the Nile is the longest river’, ‘the beaches in the Caribbean are white’

examples of synthetic, a priori propositions: ‘a shape needs at least 3 sides’, ‘every event has a cause’

Kant calls this procedure the transcendental deduction: coming to conclusions about the world by investigating the formal conditions of experience, not the contents of the experience.



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