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Unformatted text preview: Although Kant's target is pure concepts of the understanding (concepts which have their origin in the understanding itself), I will begin my discussion of the unifying function of concepts by showing the unity in empirical concepts. When I am given a number of intuitions, I can discern in them some common characters ("marks," or Merkmale ). A number of characters together make up the intension of a general concept. In Locke's example, the characters hard, malleable, ductible, fusible and others go together to make up the concept of metal. We form the concept by observing objects sharing these characteristics. The unity provided by the concept is both that of the intension (the sum total of the characters making up its intension) and that of the extension , the sum total of intuitions which fall under the concept (my watch, a plate in my study, my car's engine, etc.). Note that both the intension and extension are elements given in experience....
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- Fall '09