Kant 's Theory Of Space And Time

2105 WordsJun 9, 20159 Pages
In Kant’s Prolegomena, he states that space and time are pure intuitions. Kant’s assimilation of space and time relates to his idea of contingency and how necessity is not derived from experience. In this essay I will give the premises for Kant’s statement in relation to space and time being pure intuitions in order to make his argument salient. I will also disambiguate definitions that are involved in the premise; and information on the basis of Kant’s understanding of pure and empirical intuitions regarding space and time. Then after a concise explanation of his argument, I will object to it by reconstructing his argument and showing the skepticism of space and time being from pure intuitions. Finally, I will give a possible response on behalf of Kant that ties his concept of space and time existing in a form of pure intuitions. The premises in regards to Kant’s claim are; (1) “If we omit from the empirical intuitions of bodies and their alternations…everything empirical, belonging to sensation, space and time still remains.” (Prolegomena 10, pg. 25). (2) “The difference between similar and equal things which are not congruent, cannot be made intelligible by any concept, by only by the relation to the right and left hands, which immediately refers to intuitions.” (Prolegomena 13, pg. 28). The necessary terms to know in order to understand this particular claim are; Empirical, which mean’s “derived from experience”, and Pure which means not “derived from experience.” On
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