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Descartes builds up a coherent system of truth on these foundations. Yet, Descartes left us with problems of dualism (mind and body, but no connection). In the end, he could not assure us that the “real world” of experience has any validity.
On the other hand, the empiricists (Hume, Berkeley, Locke) emphasize experience, and thus leave us with the contingency and probability of raw experience...
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In turn, this leads to skepticism.
So, over all, we are left with either the uncertainty of experience or the empty sureness of ideas that may or may not fit that that world.
Kant saw these two sides as far apart, and sought to find a middle way that would mediate between them.
He saw that the empiricists tried to trace the history of our knowledge, from objects outside, to the senses, to the reflections of mind, while the rationalists simply stayed within the mind, and could not account for the outside...
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