In view of the fact that the classical Indian philosophical tradition came to focus intensely on the questions of whether a self exists and how we can know about it, the topic Raghuramaraju chooses to discuss would seem to have a great deal of potential.
Moreover, he entirely ignores Kant's critique of the cosmological argument.
On pages 146 and 147, Raghuramaraju quotes a large amount of material from primary and secondary sources about classical Indian philosophy.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy.
His contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him.
” The answer, if it can be stated simply, is that our knowledge is constrained to mathematics and the science of the natural, empirical world.
It is impossible, Kant argues, to extend knowledge to the supersensible realm of speculative metaphysics.This article focuses on his metaphysics and epistemology in one of his most important works, .A large part of Kant’s work addresses the question “What can we know?Bijoy Boruah's essay, "Autonomy and the Virtue of Self-Legislation," is the best of the purely historical essays.The chapter sets out these extremely difficult issues in a clear and interesting way.Reason itself is structured with forms of experience and categories that give a phenomenal and logical structure to any possible object of empirical experience.These categories cannot be circumvented to get at a mind-independent world, but they are necessary for experience of spatio-temporal objects with their causal behavior and logical properties.Several essays in the volume attempt to do comparative philosophy, bringing Kant into dialogue with non-Western traditions.Goenawan Mohamad, in his essay on "The Difficulty of the Subject," discusses a wide variety of themes, including Kant's views on freedom and on the Enlightenment, Adorno's response to them, and the work of the Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar.The reason that knowledge has these constraints, Kant argues, is that the mind plays an active role in constituting the features of experience and limiting the mind’s access only to the empirical realm of space and time.Kant responded to his predecessors by arguing against the Empiricists that the mind is not a blank slate that is written upon by the empirical world, and by rejecting the Rationalists’ notion that pure, a priori knowledge of a mind-independent world was possible.