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In this paper I intend to examine the notions of necessity and freedom as presented in Kant’s Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

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Winston Hanks Final Essay AssignmentIn this paper I intend to examine the notions of necessity and freedom as presented in Kants Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics. Ren Descartes renunciation of the belief in the ability of the senses to always provide accurate information (and, therefore, certain knowledge of the world) in order to arrive at knowledge of his own existence is characteristic of the treatment of necessity and freedom in Descartes Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. Recognizing the fallibility of his own senses, Descartes elects to doubts everything which he has ever held to be true. It is in doing so that his existence is revealed as a necessary condition for the possibility of thought itself. Thus, it is Descartes scepticism about the natural world which aids him in coming to the realization of the necessity of his own existence. The treatment of necessity and freedom in Humes Treatise exhibits both similarities and dissimilarities from the way in which such concepts are used and analyzed by Descartes. An important part of the Treatise in which the use of such concepts may be observed is in Humes understanding of cause and effect. For Hume, cause and effect arise only due to the constant union of objects in the natural world, which necessarily must operate under the laws of nature. The human mind perceives such unions, and through constant repetition, comes to infer that

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