Do we perceive the world around us objectively? How would we know? Why can’t our believing friends and family see the truth when we point it out to them through credible sources? As nuanced and post Mormons, we have all been on both sides of the problem of ignoring facts and cherry-picking information. In this episode, Scott covers the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and how that relates to seeing the world through a Mormon lens. How we perceive the world says more about us than it does about the world.
A Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
If the intuition must conform to the nature of the objects, I do not see how we can know anything of them a priori. If, on the other hand, the object conforms to the nature of our faculty of intuition, I can then easily conceive the possibility of such an priori knowledge.
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“I only know, that I know nothing” -Socrates.
I had an Institute teacher critique this quote saying that we do know that God lives and that this is his restored church.
How’s that for tinted glasses?
Perhaps some of the sanity comes from realizing we have tinted glasses at one point. Whereas if we lived a different path in life we might never encounter these valuable lessons.
How else are we to learn them?