Comparing Kant's Prolegomena To Any Future Metaphysics

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Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that concerns itself with explaining the nature of things as well as theoretical concepts. Often considered the oldest division of philosophy, metaphysics concerns itself with theorizing answers to the most fundamental questions about the world. Such as, what is reality? What is out there? How did it all come to be? In the Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysic, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant questions if metaphysics is even possible. Kant wonders if metaphysics can truly be categorized as a science. Metaphysics, he claims, is not universal nor is it lasting. There is no progress in the subject of metaphysics according to Kant and he tries to prove it in this piece.
In the Prolegomena, Kant addresses

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