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We cannot without a certain sense of pain consider how utterly his opponents, Reid, Oswald, Beattie, and even Priestley, missed the point of the problem. "—Prolegomena, p. 6; Mahaffy and Bernard's trans, p. 5. 3 Sulzer's translation of Hume's Essays (including the Enquiries) appeared in 1754-56. xxxvi INTRODUCTION suggested to Kant the central problem of his Critical philosophy. The probability, however, is rather that this awakening took place only indirectly through his becoming acquainted with the wider argument of the Treatise as revealed in James Beattie's extremely crude and unsympathetic criticism of Hume's philosophy.
Below, pp. , 593 ff. xlii INTRODUCTION - As the principles which lie at the basis of our knowledge are synthetic, they have no intrinsic necessity, and cannot possess the absolute authority ascribed to them by the rationalists. They are prescribed to human reason, but cannot be shown to be inherently rational in any usual sense of that highly ambiguous term. They can be established only as brute conditions, verifiable in fact though not demonstrable in pure theory (if there be any such thing), of our actual experience.
Prolegomena, p. 6; Mahaffy and Bernard's trans, p. 5. 3 Sulzer's translation of Hume's Essays (including the Enquiries) appeared in 1754-56. xxxvi INTRODUCTION suggested to Kant the central problem of his Critical philosophy. The probability, however, is rather that this awakening took place only indirectly through his becoming acquainted with the wider argument of the Treatise as revealed in James Beattie's extremely crude and unsympathetic criticism of Hume's philosophy. 2 Beattie had great natural ability, and considerable literary power.