Kant and Poker: Objective and Intersubjective Judgment
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In the Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant presents a theory of knowledge that was deeply influential both in its time and today. Broadly put, Kant attempts to prove that there is an internal coherence that is necessary to have any experience at all, no less communicate it, and this conceptual coherency is hardwired into our sensible intuitions of space and time. Kant reasons that there are baseline conditions that must be met in order to be self-conscious, and that these conditions must correspond with an objectively ordered world in space that endures over time. He reasons that it would be impossible to comprehend oneself as the same thinking subject over a series of temporally extended experiences unless certain conditions are met, thus our experience must conform to them. Kant recast a timeless, fundamental philosophical question - what can we know? - with an analysis of the conditions necessary for self-consciousness. Focusing on the work of Henry E. Allison, I will present Kant's theory according to Allison's two-aspect interpretation.