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The exploration into Immanuel Kants thought is one of insight perception and open-mindedness His work in the field of philosophy and intellectual development spanned over thirty-five years He wrote on virtually all philosophical topics but his love was in the branch of metaphysics His role in the evolvement of modern thought is vast and profound Immanuel Kant was born lived and died in Konigsberg East Prussia Although he never left East Prussia he is one of the most highly regarded philosophers of modern times This paper will be an overview of his thoughts We can divide Kants career into four phases The First of which stems from 1746 to 1759 this is referred to as the period of infatuation During this time his main propose was to provide a foundation for metaphysics Correspondingly he developed a rationalist epistemology that could justify the possibility of the knowledge of God and what Kant refers to as the first causes of nature1 The second phase from 1760 to 1766 is called the period of disillusionment In this phase he broke from his earlier epistomolgy and was prone towards a more Cartisain skeptical view point Kant rejected the possibility of metaphysics transcending the limits of experience1 The third phase 1760 to 1766 was called partial reconciliation he returned to metaphysics in the belief that he could finally provide a solid foundation for it He also sketched plans for his thoughts on ontology1The fourth and final phase of Kants career 1772 to 1780 is referred to as the period of divorce At this point in his career he had realized that his renewed confidence in metaphysics could not solve one fundamental problem How are synthetic a priori principles valid experiences if they are not derived from it1Between 1771-1780 Kant published virtually nothing he spent most of his time reflecting and studying The end of this silent decade was closed by the publication of the Critique of Pure Reason 1781
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