Empiricism, Rationalism and Kant's Epistemology Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Empiricism, Rationalism and Kant's Epistemology
This paper discusses empiricism and rationalism and focuses on Immanuel Kant's ideas regarding epistemology.
# 116732 | 1,569 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 20, 2009 in Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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In this analysis, the writer explores Immanuel Kant's notion of epistemology and looks at the debate between empiricism and rationalism closely. Further, outside representations of theories such as Hume's causality are also commented upon. Finally, a synopsis is presented of the debate itself and the progression of thought that occurred with Immanuel Kant. The writer maintains that even today, Kant's epistemology would spark great debate among the foremost religious scholars, scientists, and philosophers. The writer concludes that if there truly is an answer, this view would suggest that it lies in the duality between both empiricism and rationalism.

From the Paper:

"The notion of duality has been represented throughout the dawn of time in many aspects. Nature versus nurture, church versus state, and empiricism versus rationalism can all be depicted in many situations. As fundamental and concrete as one side or another may seem, truth has usually be captured in the middle of the debate. Immanuel Kant has been regarded by his peers as one of the greatest thinkers of the era. Kant spent a great deal of time juxtaposing both empiricism and rationalism with ideas that stemmed from his own epistemological viewpoints. It was this perception that Kant discounted Descartes, Locke, and others with theories that represented a natural duality that could not be accessed by contemplation or experiences, and added another layer of truth to the controversy between the two outlooks."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Ward, Teddy. (2007). Empiricism. http://personal.ecu.edu/mccartyr/american/lear/empirici.htm

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