Kant's Theory of Mental Activity, A Commentary on the by Robert Paul Wolff

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The realm of what is somewhere and somewhen) [§. 24 n. I]. From the above, it should be clear why Kant viewed sensibility as a limitation upon intelligence. In the Dissertation, of course, intelligence is considered to have a valid use beyond the bounds of sensibility, but in the Critique Kant retreats to the position that , knowledge and sensibility are coterminous. Nevertheless, some . " Kantis the focal point of all modern philosophy. from him arise the major schools of nineteenthcentury English and Continental philosophy.

Kant never supposed that one could infer the warmth of fire from its light, or the edibility of bread from its color and texture. He claimed only to demonstrate the general proposition that whatever begins to be presupposes something on which it follows according to a rule [A 189]. Thus if we are to view the Critique as Kant's answer to Hume, it would I better be to the Treatise than to the Enquiry. -Tbe Challenge to Kant Iris now evident why the re-encounter with Hume in 1772 produced so great an effect upon Kant.

Finally, as Burne goes on to argue, causation is inseparable from spatial contiguity and temporal succession of cause and effect; consequently the relation can be destroyed merely by varying the manner of appearance without altering the ideas themselves. For example, if one billiard ball rolls up to a second, which thereupon begins to move, I judge the two motions to be causally connected; whereas if they are spatially remote from another, or are separated by a span of time, I judge the very same motions to be unrelated.

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