I’m using this version downloaded to iBooks.
“My chief aim in this work has been thoroughness ; and I make bold to say, that there is not a single meta physical problem that does not find its solution, or at least the key to its solution,here.”
“While I say this, I think I see upon the countenance of the reader signs of dissatisfaction mingled with contempt, when he hears declarations which sound so boastful and extravagant ; and yet they are beyond comparison more moderate than those advanced by the commonest author of the commonest philosophical programme, in which the dogmatist professes to demonstrate the simple nature of the soul, or the necessity of a primal being. Such a dogmatist promises to extend human knowledge beyond the limits of possible experience ; while
I humbly confess that this is completely beyond my power. Instead of any such attempt, I confine myself to the examination of reason alone and its pure thought ; and I do not need to seek far for the sum-total of its cognition, because it has its seat in my own mind”
Kant then proceeds to allow a priori assumptions, opinion if there is consensus, and even intuition. I have the evolution argument on my mind, and this highlights that the reason many people give for believing in it is because “scientists agree”. What if the dissenters have been silenced by the universities, textbook editors and other information gatekeepers? Stephen Meyers and Hugh Ross know many who will testify to this being the case, thus there is not univocal consensus amongst reasonable people.
“No thing can escape our notice ; for what reason produces from itself cannot lie concealed, but must be brought to the light by reason itself, so soon as we have discovered the common principle of the ideas we seek. The perfect unity of this kind of cognitions, which are based upon pure conceptions, and uninfluenced by any empirical element, or any peculiar intuition leading to determinate experience, renders this com pleteness not only practicable, but also necessary.”
I think I’m starting to get it. At first I thought he was being gnostic in avoiding experience, but he’s saying that he’s critiquing the reasoning above experience, which must be what metaphysics is. I thought it was the Holy Spirit and the energies of God in and above things.