International Scholars Journal of Arts and Social Science Research <p>International Scholars Journal of Arts and Social Science Research (ISJASSR) is an academic journal that encourages scientific research in the fields of Arts and Social Sciences. ISJASSR publishes high quality peer-reviewed articles in all fields of Arts and Social Sciences. The journal places emphasis on originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions of articles.</p> Multimeans Media International en-US International Scholars Journal of Arts and Social Science Research 2705-1528 ONE OR TWO KANTS: A REVALUATION OF SOME FOUNDATIONAL TENETS IN KANT’S EPISTEMOLOGY <p><em>Philosophical inquest in the modern era is predominated by the fierce rationalism-empiricism dichotomous stance on the ideal means of knowledge acquisition. Rationalism seems to be having an upper hand due to its insistence on certain knowledge and the fact that it mirrors the position of modern (Newtonian) science which was on the ascendancy at that time. Hume’s radical critic and rejection of rationalism sparks the curiousity that led to Kant’s transcendental epistemology. However, Kant was not unaware of the wealth of truths deposited in the stance assumed by the rationalists. He was also aware that Hume’s vehement rejection of certain knowledge and causality amounted to the destruction of the foundation of modern science. Hence, while remaining inspired by Hume, he sought to develop an epistemological standpoint that could marry the positives in both empiricism and rationalism. Was Kant’s project successful? This article tackles the epistemological problem: how is knowledge actually acquired? Is Kant right to reduce space and time to mere intuitional forms or what phenomenologists may describe as intentional inexistence? What is the true Kantian understanding of ‘thing-in-itself’ and ‘sensation’? Using the methods of analysis and exposition, the paper studies critical elements in Kant’s epistemology, specifically his idea of sensation and ‘thing-in-itself’. The reveals that some elements around which Kant built his epistemological stance are rife with controversy because they are either not defined or surrounded by contradictory statements from Kant himself. Consequently, it concludes that it sometimes seems as if there are two different Kants writing on same subject. </em></p> <p> </p> Chukwunyeaka Basil Nchekwube Copyright (c) 2022 International Scholars Journal of Arts and Social Science Research 2022-02-09 2022-02-09 5 1