Hume’s Impact on Kant


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Hume's Impact on Kant
The ensuing paper looks at Immanuel Kant’s claim that it was David Hume who awoke him from his dogmatic slumber. Specifically, the next several pages look at what it was about Hume’s epistemology that led Kant to make such an impressive claim. The paper will also pore over the fact that Kant did see certain problems with Hume’s thinking and he did, as a consequence, find himself compelled to address these problems. Fundamentally, it looks as though what really drove Kant was the idea that Hume was erroneous in concluding that metaphysical knowledge is not possible; anything we cannot experience – anything that is not possible to measure via empirical means – is held up by Hume as not existing at all. Yet, Kant...
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..... phenomena is proof that we do not have to feel or touch or smell something to know that it exists. Again, Kant appears to believe that Hume is overlooking the workings of theoretical mathematics and is guilty of not realizing that our minds have a transcendent sensibility that clearly suggests we have an ingrained, intuitive grasp of what is right and wrong and what is real and unreal.
Works Cited
Kant, Immanuel. Prolegomena to any future metaphysics. 1950. Forgotten Books. 2011