By Howard Caygill
During this new lexical survey of Kant's works, Howard Caygill provides Kantian recommendations and terminology in phrases that would introduce and make clear his principles for college kids and basic readers alike.
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Kant acknowledged his support by dedicating to him the Critique of Pure Reason. html [26-06-2009 16:05:37] page_33 < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 important part in disseminating Kant's ideas by opening to him the pages of the Berlinische Monatsschrift. 39. Gulyga, 1985, p. 59. 40. In the case of logic, for example, we possess transcripts of Kant's lecture series from three decades: from the early 1770s (the 'Blomberg Logic', named after an earlier owner of the transcript, and the 'Philippi Logic'); from the 1780s ('Vienna', 'Heschel' and 'Pö1itz' Logics); and from 1792 (the 'Dohna-Wundlacken Logic').
Kant argues further that they are not only splendidly independent of experience - 'knowledge absolutely independent of all experience' (CPR B 3) - but are even the condition of experience. The purity of the elements of a priori knowledge is proven by a process of abstraction. The 'pure forms of sensible intuition in general' - space and time - are discovered by abstracting from experience 'everything which the understanding thinks through its concepts' thus 'isolating' sensibility and then 'separating' off 'everything which belongs to sensation, so that nothing may remain save pure intuition and the mere form of appearances, which is all that sensibility can supply a priori' (CPR A 22/B 36).
He maintains that 'an intellectual concept abstracts from everything sensitive, but is not abstracted from things which are sensitive, and perhaps it would more rightly be called abstracting rather than abstract' (ID §6). A chemist abstracts in the former sense when isolating a liquid from matter whereas the philosopher 'abstracts from that which he, in a certain use of the concept, does not wish to take into consideration' (OD p. 199, p. 117). Kant illustrates philosophical abstraction with the example of colour: 'With a scarlet cloth, for example, if I think only of the red colour, then I abstract from the cloth' (L p.
A Kant Dictionary by Howard Caygill