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Kant's Synthesis

It is impossible to think of experience without thinking of it in terms of space and time. If space and time are necessary for experience, then these ideas of space and time cannot be derived from experience. Our knowledge that objects must have been experienced in space and time is synthetic a priori knowledge.

Synthetic a priori knowledge: Knowledge that can be known independantly of experience but it is nevertheless not analytically true. 'Every event has a cause' (Hume does not accept that synthetic a priori knowledge is possible (hume's fork))

Suppose the mind had 3 characteristic powers:

1: Sensibility - The mind has the power to be receptive to particular objects and events in experience (which he calls intuitions)

2: Understanding - The mind has the power to think, imagine and judge (so it has concepts)

3: Reason - The mind has the power to make logical inferences

Kant argues that we have a body of a priori rules for synthesising experience into an integrated whole. Objects must conform to our knowledge, a self conscious subject of experience is necessary for


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According to Kant there are more conceptual schemes than space and time, what about causation?

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