Thursday, December 09, 2010

Kant 101

"The celebrated Locke, for want of due reflection on these points, and because he met with pure conceptions of understanding in experience, sought also to deduce them from experience, and yet proceeded so inconsequently as to attempt, with their aid, to arrive at cognitions which lie far beyond the limits of all experience. David Hume perceived that, to render this possible, it was necessary that the conceptions should have a priori origin. But as he could not explain how it was possible that conceptions which are not connected with each other in the understanding, must nevertheless be thought as necessarily connected in the object--and it never occurred to him that the understanding itself might, perhaps, by means of these conceptions, be the author of the experience in which its objects were presented to it."

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Reason (New York: Barnes and Nobel, 2004), 59.


Chris Trampel said...

What's your next philosophy project?

Matthew LaPine said...

I'm actually reading a long list of books about the arts right now. Currently reading Rookmaaker, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. I have a decision to make to pursue philosophy or theology and the arts. Right now I'm trying to get prepped for Duke Divinity School's application process for their ThD in theology and the arts. I'm more likely to get funding for a PhD that route. Although, I'd love to pursue philosophy seriously.