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Kant, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysic

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Copyright © Jonathan Bennett Square [brackets] enclose editorial explanations. Small ·dots· enclose material that has been added, but can be read as though it were part of the original text. Occasional bullets, and also indenting of passages that are not quotations, are meant as aids to grasping the structure of a sentence or a thought. Each occurrence of . . . . four ellipses indicates the omission of a few words or lines of text that don’t add significantly to the content, or that were found defeatingly difficult. First launched: July 2004 * * * * * * * Prolegomena [= Preliminaries] to any Future Metaphysic that can Present itself as a Science By Immanuel Kant Introduction .......................................................... 1 1 through 39 ........................................................ 27 40 through 60 ...................................................... 48 Solution and Appendix ........................................ 75 INTRODUCTION These Preliminaries are meant for the use not of learners but of future teachers; and even the teachers shouldn’t expect this book to help them by neatly laying out a ready- made science. Rather, it is to help them to discover this science. [Throughout this work, ‘science’ means ‘branch of knowledge that is theoretically organised, highly structured, and soundly based’.] For some learned people, philosophy is just the history of philosophy (ancient and modern); these preliminaries are not written for them. They must wait their turn. When those who work to draw ·truth· from the well of reason itself have done their work, then the historians can give the world the news about their results. ·But they won’t regard it as news , because· nothing can be said now that the historians won’t think has been said already! And it is safe to predict that they’ll think the same about anything said in the future; human understanding has busied itself for centuries with countless topics in many ways, so it is to be expected that every new idea will resemble something that has been said in the past. If you think that metaphysics is worth studying, my aim is to convince you of the following: 1
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