Transcendental theology is not a legitimate science

Transcendental - Transcendental theology is not a legitimate science as it goes much further than the idea allows We cannot say that it determines

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Transcendental theology is not a legitimate science, as it goes much further than the idea allows. We cannot say that it determines an object, but only that it can be of use in detemining given objects. To do so is an illusion, which Kant traces to a fact about objects of experience, namely, that they presuppose the sum total of experience, of which they are limitations. If we omit the qualification that these objects are appearances, "we treat the empirical principle of our concepts of the possibility of things, viewed as appearances, as being a transcendental principle of the possibility of things in general" (A582/B610). Reason seeks the primordial being to find satisfaction in the unconditioned. In experience we find only contingent beings, and reason will not rest until it finds a being which is unconditionally necessary as its support. From the requirement that it find a necessary being, it seeks for something that could be thought as necessary, "whether or not its necessity be comprehensible, that is to say, deducible from its concept alone" (A585/B613). The
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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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