Review Questions For Kant Set 2
  1. How does Kant define 'nature'? Does Kant think that knowledge of nature is knowledge of things in their purest, truest essence, i.e. "things as they are in themselves"? Why or why not?
  2. What second sense of 'nature' does Kant introduce in section 16? How do we have knowledge of nature in this second sense? How, in section 17, does Kant characterize our knowledge of laws of nature?
  3. How, in section 18 does Kant distinguish between judgments of experience and judgments of perception? What are the key differences between these two kinds of judgments?
  4. Why, according to Kant is it "not enough" for knowledge of experience merely to compare individual perceptions? Kant gives a summary of his account in section 22. Recount the important points of this summary.
  5. In section 40 Kant takes up the question of how metaphysics is possible. Summarize the account of metaphysics that Kant gives in this section.
  6. Why, according to Kant, must we assume the existence of things "as they are in themselves" even though it is beyond our ability to have knowledge of things "as they are in themselves"?
  7. What other topics, in Kant's view, lie beyond the boundaries of what we can know? Does he see this as a bad thing? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
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