Immanuel Kant's main goal is for us to think of how we understand things in terms of origin. How is it that we came to understand what colors are? How did we learn the concept of mathematics? What types of cognition exist? These ideas are central to Kant's assertion that there are two general types of cognition. The first type is cognition from experience. Kant emphasises that, "although all our cognition commences with experience, yet it does not on that account all arise from experience" (Kant 136). This seems to say that the impulse to understand something can occur based on passed acts of instinct, but each the idea we are understanding can be what Kant would refer to as natural and pure-without derivation. Kant's idea is useful in displaying the specific circumstances in which any possible original thought can occur.
Another useful idea that Kant illustrates is his idea of analytical and synthetic judgement. According to Kant, analytic judgment comes from a two part idea where a predicate is looked at in its relationship to an existent subject. A synthetic judgement is an idea presented that doesn't rely on being compared within the realm of an existent subject. I think this is great because through Kant's explanation of the difference between the two, we are able to better understand the ways in which ideas are tackled in everyday life, whether through the restriction of analysis or through a more free-thought concept.
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