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A Priori

[Latin, From the cause to the effect.]

This phrase refers to a type of reasoning that examines given general principles to discover what particular facts or real-life observations can be derived from them. Another name for this method is deductive reasoning.

a priori

adverb accordingly, as a consequence, as a reeult of, as is, because of this, by reason of, consequently, deductively, derivatively, doubtlessly, ergo, ex connesso, for that reason, for this reason, for which reason, from a general law to a particular instance, from cause to effect, from that cause, from this cause, in consequence, inferentially, on account of this, on that account, on that ground, proceeding from antecedent to consequent, thusly, to that end
See also: analytical, axiomatic, discursive
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Therefore, while Hegel does not prove that a "reenchanted" conception of nature is more ethically defensible than natural science's, he helps us envision a world in which science is allowed to develop independently of an a priori theory of nature, but in which our relations to nature are governed by an a priori sense of nature's goodness.
From these a priori probabilities it is necessary to be able to predict both statistical probabilities (that is, those of ordinary quantum mechanics) for the large ensembles and classes of similar objects, such as galaxies, stars or white-headed woodpeckers, and also to get the absolute yes-or-no predictions of classical physics, which still apply to certain individual cases.
Inspiration for Cassam's approach is drawn from Kant's account of synthetic a priori knowledge, and is it is also influenced by Dray, Nozick and Peacocke (Chapter 1).