By Howard Caygill
During this new lexical survey of Kant's works, Howard Caygill offers Kantian thoughts and terminology in phrases that might introduce and make clear his principles for college kids and basic readers alike.
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Therefore most of Kant's analysis of the distinction between a posteriori and a priori focuses on the character of the a priori. The choice of this focus was motivated by the desire to defend the synthetic a priori character of the judgements which make up metaphysics. The traditional criterion for distinguishing between the two forms of demonstration according to whether they moved from cause to effect or vice versa is clearly no longer valid for Kant. He thus develops new criteria for a priori knowledge: it is (a) pure and (b) universal and necessary.
For Kant, a posteriori knowledge and judgements did not pose any particular problem for philosophy: 'The possibility of synthetic a posteriori judgements, of those which are gathered from experience, [like analytic judgements] also requires no special explanation; for experience is nothing but a continual joining together (synthesis) of perceptions' (P §5). Such knowledge and its elements are derived from experience, their synthesis resting on 'custom' or 'association'. Kant is prepared to concede Hume's objections to the validity of this form of knowledge, but defends the validity of a priori knowledge and its constituent judgements and elements.
See McClelland, 1980. 15. This period of the city's history is perhaps best captured in Kant's OBS, his most lighthearted and consistently popular text. 16. For the good memories of the everyday pietism of his parents, see Vorländer, 1911, pp. , pp. 1011. 17. , p. 11. html (1 of 2) [26-06-2009 16:05:34] page_30 18. html (2 of 2) [26-06-2009 16:05:34] page_31 < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 the basics of history, geography and letter-writing. For the full text of the regulation, see Vorländer, 1911, p.