Kant is asking us the time old question of chicken or egg, but in the form of experience and cognition. In the article he states that "although all our cognition commences with experience, yet it does not on the account all arise from experience" (pg. 136). While Kant recognizes that experience precedes cognition, he still has yet to answer the question of why it is so.
Cognition is heavily influences by our perceptions, as well as our impressions, making it a very subjective thing. Is it possible to remove our past thoughts and experiences when viewing something for the first time? NO! It is not possible, so it is important for us to understand the strong influences that take place and understand the effect that they have on our outlook.
In the long run it does not matter which is the chicken and which is the egg. It just matters that we understand their is a strong connection between the chicken and the egg.
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