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Unformatted text preview: necessary. On the other hand, my sitting is conditionally or hypothetically necessary. The present set of conditions is sufficient for my sitting, so given them, I must be sitting. Only God exists absolutely necessarily; any of my states exists hypothetically necessarily. Kant claimed that the only sense in which anything exists necessarily is hypothetically. And in fact, all objects of experience are subject to hypothetical necessity, as falling under causal laws. The attempts to extend the category to absolute necessity are ostensibly refuted in the Transcendental Dialectic, in the Fourth Antinomy and the criticism of the Cosmological Argument (in the Transcendental Ideal). If we try to claim that the contingency of the world demands an absolutely necessary being, we are extending the category of causality beyond experience. In objects of experience, the only kind of necessity we may attribute to objects is hypothetical....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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