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Accessing KantA relaxed introduction to the Critique of Pure Reason$
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Jay F. Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275816

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275816.001.0001

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The World from a Point of View: Space and Time

The World from a Point of View: Space and Time

(p.61) 3 The World from a Point of View: Space and Time
Accessing Kant

Jay F. Rosenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter tells us that when Kant finally gets down to business in the First Critique, he begins by emphasizing our sensory passivity, specifically, our way of getting cognitively in touch with individuals by way of sensory intuitions. It is important not to confuse intuitions and sensations. Sensation is the effect of an object on our capacity for representation insofar as we're affected by it; an empirical intuition is one related to the object through sensation; and the indeterminate object of an empirical intuition is appearance. According to Kant, you can't get to the concept of space simply by piling up concepts of spatial characteristics. The concept of space is the concept of an individual, whether considered in relation to its contents or in relation to its parts. In essence, Kant's account of time exactly parallels his account of space. In short, like space, time is a necessarily unitary intuition. That is why time can be represented spatially.

Keywords:   First Critique, sensory intuitions, sensation, empirical intuition, fortiori, plurality, multiplicity, subsumption

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