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Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, March 12, 1997: Appearance and Thing in Itself Kant's contemporary F. H. Jacobi remarked that Kant could not live without the thing in itself, but at the same time could not live with it. The first half of the remark is correct. Without the distinction between appearances and things in themselves, there is no way to guarantee the possibility of freedom. Freedom is a necessary condition for morality (as explained in the last lecture), and morality is crucial to Kant's overall project. Other of Kant's arguments depend on the distinction. Kant would be unable to accommodate synthetic necessary judgments without being able to restrict their application to appearances, which are subject to the constraints of the human modes of representation. (For a fuller discussion of this point, see the instructor's comments on the first paper topic.) Now it remains to be seen whether Kant can live with the distinction. In my opinion,
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