Kant's Criticisms Of Metaphysics

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INTRODUCTION Philosophy is the search for the ultimate truth about reality which includes metaphysical realities involving such concepts such as being, substance, and accidents etc. while there are different branches of philosophy, non studies being in its entirety like metaphysics. Metaphysics has as its aim the study of being as being. Metaphysicians, seek to understand what is? Why they are? What constitutes the being of a substance? And so on. For this reason, many have argued that philosophy is primarily metaphysics, in that it studies the ultimate causes or supreme principles of things. Metaphysics is the fundamental part of any philosophical system. Baptista mondi in his introduction to the mataphysics of Aquinas buttress this point by contending that a philosopher is original only when his metaphysics is original. The history of traditional metaphysics dates back to Aristotle. Even though the later did not use the term metaphysics, his work set some of the basic themes in the study of metaphysics. As a science of being, its object is pure being or being qua being. Since being is the foundation of every philosophical discipline in that epistemology seeks to study an aspect of being which is being in knowing, metaphysics can thus be called the foundation of other sciences. A lot of philosophers have question and doubted the assertion that metaphysics is the foundation of other sciences. Of these philosophers, Immanuel Kant gave a more formidable critic off metaphysics. His attack on metaphysics was more systematically worked out in his Copernican revolution. According to Kant, speculative metaphysics can never provide man with genuine knowledge because it deals with realities which are not the object of sense perception and to which the categories of human understanding cannot be applied to. This is paper will primarily focus on kant’s critics
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