Kant's Theory of Form: an Essay on the ''Critique of Pure by Robert Pippin

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However, we obviously do not make such judgments by first judging that such and such is a spatio-temporal object. Space and time are the "immediate" conditions for there being anything numerically identical to judge about. Objects are individual objects at all (numerically) only by being in spatial and temporal relations, by being, for example, "beside7' or "outside" each other in some numerically identical region of space, and by occurring "before" and "after" each other in time. However, as we have also seen, Kant believes that our immediate contact with objects results only in the "effect of an object upon our sensibility," only in a formless material.

For one thing, the issue of applicability is not fully addressed by Kant until he attempts to prove the first "principle" of the understanding, the Axioms of Intuition. Prior to that proof, Kant even writes once that through the determination of pure intuition we can acquire a priori knowledge of objects, as in mathematics, but only in regard to their form, as appearances; whether there can be things which must be intuited in this form is still left undetermined. (B147) He goes on in this passage from the second edition Deduction to argue that the "supposition" that there are empirical intuitions given in accordance with these pure determinations must be deductively established, finally through an argument defending the objective reality of the category Quantity (that "all intuitions are extensive magnitudes").

Garnett, Kantian Philosophy of Space creates some wholly irrelevant problems concerning "temporal" priority. See note 6, this chapter. 18. Kant does speak of "an infinite given magnitude" at B39, but this again does not refer 64 Intuitions Now, while these arguments still do not tell us anything about the ontological status of space, but only about what is required for any representation of space, at this point we are obviously entitled at least to ask about the nature of this a priori, underlying representation.

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