"...no cognition in us precedes experience, and with experience every cognition begins" (136).
Kant argues that no thought or cognition is had without previous experience. It is experience which gives us cognition. He does say that not all arises from experience. One doesn't always have to experience things to know that they are pure or a priori. Life is all about learning and the evolution of knowledge, but how does one often come about that knowledge? Experience. Whether it is the most trivial of things like learning to tie shoes or some complicated math equation, I had to experience it or be taught by someone who had. It is like Plato described the people in the cave. They never saw the real thing until they came into the light and gained knowledge through the senses. Without experience very little can be learned or gained. One has to see, hear, feel, taste, or smell to learn. Without the senses, we really do not even know the cognition exsists. We need experience to bring the cognition to light, and bring us out of the cave.
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