Does the Mind Shape a World? Immanuel Kant

20 May

Immanuel Kant had philosophies that concerned how the mind shaped a world. This assignment I did talked about why I thought it did and why Kant showed that it did. I will do further more detailed posts about Kant and his ideas int he future. Not for awhile thought. Reading a bunch of Plato’s stuff though.

Does the Mind Shape a World?

The previous myriad of ideas of skepticism and of other philosophers brought new ideas from Immanuel Kant. Some might think that Kant is a skeptic from his view of phenomena and noumena but Kant does not fit the skeptic description due to some of his other ideas. His interesting ideas about a priori, phenomena and noumena all play a part in determining the meaning of what we see in this world.

Kant claims the existence of a priori which can be compared to Descartes’ innate ideas. This is knowledge we would have regardless of any incidents in life. No experience is needed to maintain a priori. Kant also states that what we see and think upon in this world is how we attain true knowledge. Both cannot be true knowledge and Kant states that true knowledge is from experience but a priori can exist without being true knowledge. Both can exist. A priori knowledge may not be as true and strong as knowledge is with experience but both can exist.

Skepticism only existed for so long because the determination for the existence of God is not possible because some people need to see something to believe it. Kant felt this also because of how he stated that knowledge comes from appearances without really knowing what those appearances truly are. He stated that phenomena is our only reliable resource because noumena cannot be truly determined for anything. This might make Kant a skeptic but he never said that God does not exist; he only stated that we cannot determine whether or not God exists. Along with this he stated that we all used the idea of a Supreme deity as a crutch regardless if it exists or not. The existence of a God cannot be proved or disproved. For Kant, this ended the long quest to prove the existence of God. This clears him of all skepticism.

The Kantian Copernican Revolution in epistemology broke ground in philosophy because it changed the force of skepticism along with changing other things in philosophy. True knowledge comes from our experience and the appearances we see in this world. The mind itself varies upon each person. One person may see an object as one thing and the next person may see the same object as something entirely different. The mind creates our perceptions and perceptions vary as much as something can vary. If the object of knowledge is created by the acquisitions of the mind, the object of knowledge is going to vary at an extreme amount. If this is true the mind shapes the world. With this theory nothing else can shape a world except each person’s perceptions of the world. If we cannot determine noumena all we have is phenomena and phenomena will never stop changing.


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