Unformatted text preview: Section 9). What, then, can be said with respect to "external" properties, such as spatial or temporal properties? Leibniz could only conclude that such properties are derivative from or parasitic upon the internal property. "Leibniz conceived space as a certain order in the community of substances, and time as the dynamical sequence of their states. That which space and time seem to possess as proper to themselves, in independence of things, he ascribed to the confusion in their concepts" (A276/B332). This characterization of the concepts of space and time as confused gets us to the heart of Kant's criticisms of Leibniz. Confused concepts, according to Kant's interpretation of Leibniz, are those which are the product of sensibility. Unlike Kant's own view, according to which sensibility is given objects of its own by being affected, Leibnizian sensibility is a faculty which only confuses and distorts the concepts that are found in the understanding....
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