July 25, 2016
To analyze something means to break it down into manageable pieces and then put those pieces together in a way that gives a good idea of how it works or what it means. In other words, doing analysis is kind of like putting together the pieces of a puzzle so you can see the bigger picture.
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was probably the most influential thinker of the modern era. His best-known writings are really difficult for non-philosophers to understand. For example, one of his main arguments is that all human knowledge comes from experience, but at the same time, it's possible to have knowledge of things prior to having experience of them. (Talk about a puzzle!)
Here are some tips for doing basic analysis to help you figure out Kant's philosophical ideas:
"Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play."
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