Can We Know Anything Independently of Experience? Essay by Quality Writers

Can We Know Anything Independently of Experience?
A discussion detailing the processes in which a person acquires knowledge.
# 105011 | 1,219 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 27, 2008 in Philosophy (Epistemology) , Education (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper questions the manner in which we obtain knowledge and refers to intuition, experience and the senses as sources of knowledge. The paper proposes that the things that we are aware of are not entirely dependent on the senses but rather from experience that starts with the senses. Continuing on this theme, the paper states that children have the ability to acquire knowledge but that this has to be done through a learning process, the first of which is through the senses. The paper concludes that knowledge is obtained through custom or repetition, intuition and imagination.

From the Paper:

"The most important issues we will ever encounter concern the ultimate questions such as those pertaining to God and life after death. Of these matters we can have no sensory information and experience is utterly useless. When sensory impressions are present, the only purpose they serve is as a springboard for reasoning. However, a priori reasoning is possible, as is observed in mathematics. Certain types of knowledge are outside the sphere of all experience and also are beyond the realm of the senses (Kant 184). A priori knowledge is certain and progresses in a logical manner; such is the case with mathematical propositions which are never based in experience and instead are based in necessity. Propositions in the natural sciences also are a priori and necessary as well as synthetic. Kant (188) uses as one example of such propositions "that in all communication of motion, action and reaction must always be equal". The principles of a priori knowledge only have one source which is the faculty of reason. The only means through which we can know anything a priori is pure reason."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cahn, Steven; Eckert, Maureen & Buckley, Robert. Knowledge and Reality.

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