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Single Idea 7918

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 2. Possibility of Metaphysics]

Full Idea

Kant turned the question 'How is metaphysics possible?' into 'How is metaphysical knowledge possible?' He thus turned metaphysics into epistemology, obliterating Aristotle's distinction between being qua being and being qua known.


'Qua' means 'as' (Latin)

Gist of Idea

Kant turned metaphysics into epistemology, ignoring Aristotle's 'being qua being'


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Cynthia Macdonald - Varieties of Things Ch.1

Book Reference

Macdonald,Cynthia: 'Varieties of Things' [Blackwell 2005], p.13

A Reaction

This makes Kant the number one villain in my philosophical pantheon, although the confusion of ontology and epistemology is found in Berkeley and others. Human speculations are not pointless, though they are difficult to verify.