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Unformatted text preview: own demands" This allows us to view the natural world as purposive, opening the way for teleological explanations, as in physiology. For example, "everything in an animal has its use, and subserves some good purpose" (A688/B716). One must always be careful not to treat such teleological connections as constitutive, but only as an aid to understanding. And we cannot assume from their use that an Author of nature exists. The transcendental object underlying the natural world remains unknown. There are also regulative uses of reason connected to the ideas of the soul and of the world. We can treat our mental states " as if the mind were a simple substance which persists with personal identity (in this life at least), while its states, to which those of the body belong only as outer conditions, are in continual change" . And we can treat the series of outer appearances as if it is endless....
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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.
- Fall '09