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Critique of Pure - as the human mind is concerned"Our mode of intuition is dependent upon the existence of the object and is therefore

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Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, January 13, 1997: Analytic and Synthetic Judgments The two elements of human cognition are intuition and concept, which are respectively ways of representing things as particulars and general characteristics of things. Concepts, in turn, are of two sorts. They may be generated through abstraction from experienced things, as when a number of things are intuited, and a common characteristic is recognized as being shared by them. Such concepts are empirical . The second sort of concept originates with the mind itself. These pure concepts are the product of the human understanding, which accordingly is said to have spontaneity . This distinction between experiential and original representations might be extended to sensibility , the faculty of intuition. Kant recognized that the human mind is affected by objects in the course of experience, resulting in empirical intuition. Is the mind also spontaneous with respect to intuitions? Kant answers in the negative, so far
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Unformatted text preview: as the human mind is concerned. "Our mode of intuition is dependent upon the existence of the object, and is therefore possible only if the subject's faculty of intuition is affected by that object" (B72). An intellectual intuition would be produced by the understanding itself, just as it produces concepts. Kant held that the human understanding is not original in this way, suggesting that only God or a primordial being might have this power (though whether such is the case we can never know). Nonetheless, he held that various of his predecessors claimed that human beings are capable of intellectual intuition. At this point, we would do well to discuss Kant's own classification of his predecessors. In the concluding section of the Critique , "The History of Pure Reason," Kant divided his predecessors in to opposing camps with respect to two concerns: what is the object of knowledge? and how is knowledge attained?...
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