Where is found all of self

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“That all our knowledge begins with experience there can be no doubt…
But, though all our knowledge begins with experience, it by no means follows that all arises out of experience. For, on the contrary, it is quite possible that our empirical knowledge is a compound of that which we receive through impressions, and that which the faculty of cognition supplies from itself… an addition which we cannot distinguish from the original element given by sense, till long practice has made us attentive to, and skilful in separating it.”
Immanuel Kant
The Critique of Pure Reason
Translator: J. M. D. Meiklejohn

Rationalism versus Empiricism.
An enormous debate in the history of ideas,
and in the question of Free Will
Far beyond the scope of this site.
But the basic question
What is figured out by self,
What does experience figure out itself for the self

How much seems under control of choice
How often does the choice seem given, seem inevitable.
What experiences long forgotten have already had their way
What unconscious can be not unconscious
Where then is found, all of self.

One thought on “Where is found all of self

  1. D.W.M.

    Initial Drafts,

    Thank you for your post on the issue of “self.” Your questions posed as a response to Kant facilitated my personal introspection/mental referencing of other thinkers; however, I am reverted back to my question for Kant. He said, “an addition which we cannot distinguish from the original element given by sense, till long practice has made us attentive to, and skilful in separating it.” The translation of the word “practice” makes me question if, according to Kant, the attentive mindfulness and obtained skill is innate? While experience may be the only decider for knowledge, what universal abilities does one have naturally to dissect experience and are there differing degrees of dissection from one person to the next? Moreover, is this “practice” that Kant spoke of conscious and without effort, or does one reach a level of self awareness to comprehend what is actually happening to them? Your question “What does experience figure out itself for the self?” makes me question if it is the self that requires experience to be categorized schematically or if it is on an individual basis that have more skills than others?

    Further pontification to occur,

    D.W.M.

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