"Human reason, in one sphere of its cognition, is called upon to consider questions, which it cannot decline, asthey are presented by its own nature, but which it cannot answer, as they transcend every faculty of the mind.It falls into this difficulty without any fault of its own. It begins with principles, which cannot be dispensedwith in the field of experience, and the truth and sufficiency of which are, at the same time, insured byexperience. With these principles it rises, in obedience to the laws of its own nature, to ever higher and moreremote conditions. But it quickly discovers that, in this way, its labours must remain ever incomplete,because new questions never cease to present themselves; and thus it finds itself compelled to have recourseto principles which transcend the region of experience, while they are regarded by common sense withoutdistrust. It thus falls into confusion and contradictions, from which it conjectures the presence of latent errors,which, however, it is unable to discover, because the principles it employs, transcending the limits ofexperience, cannot be tested by that criterion. The arena of these endless contests is called Metaphysic."