By H. J. (Kant) Paton

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ISBN-13: 9781406726886

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The pure categories which are implicit in these forms of 2 judgement are possibility, actuality or existence, and necessity. Kant seems to hold that they, even more than the other pure be explained only by a tautology. 3 If we omit reference to time and space, we are left only with logical categories, can all which means the mere absence of contradiction 4 logical actuality or truth, which seems to mean no more than affirmation by the mind; and logical necessity, which would appear to be present when what we affirm is inferred from given concepts or judgements in accordance possibility, in our ideas ; with the formal laws of thought.

Hence every object must have number, or, perhaps it would be better to say, must be numerable. Kant's own account 4 is intelligible only in the light of his Axioms of Intuition, and it is obscured by the fact that he makes no reference to space. Thus he does not explain that intuitions must have homogeneity because they are spatial and temporal. His description of number is misleading; for he says that number is an idea which comprehends the successive addition of homogeneous units. 5 This would identify 'number* with 'counting' (unless he means that number is the idea which comprehends in a total the homogeneous units successively added).

2 The very difficult question as to the necessity of different degrees of reality in time and space must be dealt with later; see Chapter It is interesting to with TO fit} ov, XXXVIII. 8 l Dasem\ which existence, that is, is a being there (or then) existence in space and time. and is equivalent to An imaginary object but only an actual have quantity and quality in a sense, object has existence in our common space and time. 4 Kant, as usual in this chapter, ignores space, but his account is not intelligible apart from space, and must be supplemented from 5 the doctrine of the Analogies.

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