An Essay concerning Human Enquiry: Exploring the Intersection of Hume and Kant — Perception, Causation and the Limits of Human Understanding

Metaphysics is the search into existence, our existence within that existence, and our understanding of these existences. That is, how do we know what (or that) we know? This was a key question for Hume and Kant, and one which we shall consider. This essay, therefore, is a philosophical enquiry into human enquiry itself. We shall ask, how is it — and to what extent do — we understand our world? More

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About Sean M. Madden

Sean M. Madden is an American writer, educator and photographer who has lived in the South East of England since 2005. However, in May 2012, he and his partner Mufidah Kassalias embarked upon a slow traveling tour of Europe. They’re presently living, writing, taking photographs and teaching English in Burgos, Spain, the ancient capital of Castile. Throughout Spring/Summer 2013, Sean will be leading writing workshops throughout the British Isles — in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Visit either of his websites for more information.

In addition to, Sean is also the creator of, founded in 2006, a website focused on creative writing and mindful living. Since 2002, Sean has developed and led creative workshops and tutored widely in the humanities, guiding folk of all ages. The programs he creates incorporate an exploration of language, literature, art and spirituality (through mindful awareness).

Sean holds two Master of Arts degrees in Western and Eastern (India, China, Japan) philosophy and classics from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). As part of these unusually intensive post-graduate programs — completed between 2002 and 2005 — Sean studied literature, philosophy, and political and social thought, as well as ancient Greek and Sanskrit, and translated sizable swaths of Homer’s Iliad and the Bhagavad Gita.

He subsequently received journalism training in London from both the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University and the National Union of Journalists.

He holds both US and UK citizenship.

Sean is also an entrepreneur and former principal management consultant — having founded, in 1995, a unique executive-level consulting firm recognized by The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Success Magazine, HR Magazine, the Harvard and Columbia business school newsletters, and many other publications. He began his professional career as an analyst for American Airlines, where he held three successively higher management positions in five years, including in the corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and Marketing Performance groups.

Sean earned a BBA in Finance in 1989, immediately after which he taught English at a private summer school in Tarragona, Spain, a school he returned to in both 2007 and 2008.

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