Must Kant’s a priori concepts of Space and Time be known to us before the 12 pure Categories of the Understanding?


What does Kant say about space and time?

Kant tells us that space and time are the pure (a priori) forms of sensible intuition. Intuition is contrasted with the conceptualization (or categorization) performed by the understanding, and involves the way in which we passively receive data through sensibility.

Is Kant right about space and time?

Yes Kant was right about space and time (and no he was not wrong about knowledge) where being right about space and time and not being wrong about knowledge are epistemological claims. Critique of Pure Reason is a response to radical skepticism.

How does Kant define a priori?

Kant said that a priori knowledge is “knowledge that is absolutely independent of all experience” (Kant 1787 [1965: 43(B3)]). But it might be that the requirement that a priori knowledge be absolutely independent of all experience is too stringent. Enabling experiences may be required.

What are the 12 categories according to Kant?

The table of categories

Category Categories
Quantity Unity Plurality
Quality Reality Negation
Relation Inherence and Subsistence (substance and accident) Causality and Dependence (cause and effect)
Modality Possibility / Impossibility Existence / Non-existence

How does Kant argue for the transcendence of space and time?

This idea comprises a central piece of Kant’s views on space and time, for he famously contends that space and time are nothing but forms of intuition, a view connected to the claim in the Transcendental Aesthetic that we have pure intuitions of space and of time.

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What is a concept to Kant?

Kant describes a concept as a “function” (Funktion), which he characterizes as “the unity of the act through which different representations are ordered under a common one” (A68/B93).

What are the two a priori concepts of the transcendental aesthetic sensibility )?

So the Transcendental Aesthetic is the treatment of the a priori forms which give order to what corresponds to our sensations in empirical intuition. There are two forms of intuition that apply to appearances: space and time.

Is a priori knowledge possible?

Kant’s answer: Synthetic a priori knowledge is possible because all knowledge is only of appearances (which must conform to our modes of experience) and not of independently real things in themselves (which are independent of our modes of experience).

What is synthetic priori?

synthetic a priori proposition, in logic, a proposition the predicate of which is not logically or analytically contained in the subject—i.e., synthetic—and the truth of which is verifiable independently of experience—i.e., a priori.