KANT PAPER--PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS! - based on principles...

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principles that are gained through pure intuition instead of empiricism Pure mathematics is the first science Kant attempts to prove is possible. When we think about how we perform a mathematical operation, such as 645 * 32, we realize that this type of mathematical concept is not true by definition, but requires reason and analysis of experience, and thus they must be synthetic concepts. However, mathematical principles such as x+0=x are also necessarily true and therefore a priori truths. One of the first hurdles Kant must overcome, then, is how math can be deduced a priori , without any previous knowledge or experience. The answer to this dilemma is that mathematics is
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Unformatted text preview: based on principles that are gained through pure intuition instead of empiricism. Whereas empiricism is the a posteriori awareness of external objects via sense perception, pure intuition is the a priori visualization of pure forms in one’s mind. This pure intuition does not require experience in order to function. How, then, can we imagine something we have never seen? The answer is that intuition does not represent things as they are in the real world, but only the form of sensibility of real-world objects. Thus mathematics is possible through the intuition, the structuring of sensibility....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.

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