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Kant's Theory of Knowledge

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Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 98,903 / 307 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.6
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 2,413
Added to site: 2010.06.06 28058
Genre: Philosophy

This book is an attempt to think out the nature and tenability of Kant's Transcendental Idealism, an attempt animated by the conviction that even the elucidation of Kant's meaning, apart from any criticism, is impossible without a discussion on their own merits of the main issues which he raises.

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e conception A, although it stands in relation to it. In the former case the judgement is called analytic, in the latter synthetic.[9] 'All bodies are extended' is an analytic judgement; 'All bodies are heavy' is synthetic. It immediately follows that only synthetic judgements extend our knowledge; for in making an analytic judgement we are only clearing up our conception of the subject. This process yields no new knowledge, for it only gives us a clearer view of what we know already. Further, all judgements based on experience are synthetic, for it would be absurd to base an analytical judgement on experience, when to make the judgement we need not go beyond our own conceptions. On the other hand, a priori judgements are sometimes analytic and sometimes synthetic. For, besides analytical judgements, all judgements in mathematics and certain judgements which underlie physics are asserted independently of experience, and they are synthetic.

[9] B. 10, M. 7.

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