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Hume is not specific about what these qualities are; they involve structural relations between parts and whole, or a thing's utility as it appears to us. The standard of taste is again human nature, but as subject to more qualifications than Hutcheson had spelled out. A qualified perceiver must not only be impartial (unprejudiced): the perceiver must be calm, as well as experienced in judging beauty, especially beauty in art. By abstracting the common features of objects that have pleased the sense of beauty of such qualified persons over the ages.

Leibniz (especially in his earlier years) and Wolff regarded the world as, in principle, knowable a priori. , derivable from logic. But Kant came to doubt that the assertions made a priori by these philosophers about the world could be justified. , pairs of propositions that seemed to contradict each other and yet were "provable": on these principles, Kant argues in the Critique of Pure Reason, one can "prove" that the world is limited in space and time and that it is not; that composites consist of simple (irreducible) parts and that they do not; that there are first causes (causes that initiate a causal series) and that there are not; that there is a necessary being and that there is not.

B 166. 18Cf. ibid.. A 320 = B 377-78. , A 176 = = B 191. B 218. • B 147, 165-66,234,277. 3. "23 (Cf. ') Kant also uses the term 'cognition' in a second sense, according to which theoretical cognition is knowledge, rather than the process that yields it. , cognition of what ought to be done. In practical cognition, or "cognition from a practical point of view," we again determine an "object," but here we do so by means of practical determinations taken from our moral consciousness. "24 As we shall see in a moment, one such "object" of our practical cognition is the moral law itself; another is the freedom of the will that this law presupposes.

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