quote of the day

Knowledge through perception of things existing independently of perception, as they are in themselves, is impossible. For the only perception which could yield us knowledge at all of such things must be the outcome of our being affected by those things; and for this reason such knowledge can be knowledge only of those things as they appear – of the appearances of those things – and not of those things as they really are or are in themselves. The above is a fundamental and unargued complex premise of the Critique

P. F. Strawson, The Bounds of Sense: An Essay on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, (Methuen: 1966), p. 250.

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