Immanuel Kant's View Of The Phenomenal World

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In The Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, Immanuel Kant endeavors to refute Hume’s claim that all ideas have their origins in experience through his own transcendental idealism (Prolegomena, introduction, CoP pg. 819) . To do this, Kant progresses the view that it is possible to have a priori truths. To support this refutation, Kant develops a conceptual scheme that works to explain how a priori truths are synthesized in the mind, and gives an account of Kant’s “two-world view”. This view explores the relation and existence of the phenomenal world and the world of things-in-themselves. For the purpose of this paper I will explain this conceptual scheme in order to understand how it is that Kant reaches the conclusion that things-in-themselves are unknowable. From this I will offer a critique of Kant’s account of things-in-themselves and suggest that they are unknowable because the idea of such things is unintelligible. In order to understand Kant’s claiming of things-in-themselves being unknowable can be explored, it becomes crucial to first understand his conceptual scheme. Kant’s theory operates on the grounds that there is such a thing as the “phenomenal world”. This world contains everything that is derived from experiences. In contrast to the phenomenal world, there is also the noumenal world, or the world of things-as-they-are-in-themselves. These are the two worlds that make up the two-world view mentioned previously. The contents of the noumenal world, noumena
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