By Daniel Warren
This ebook highlights Kant's primary distinction among the mechanistic and dynamical conceptions of subject, that is imperative to his perspectives concerning the foundations of physics, and is better understood when it comes to the distinction among items of sensibility and issues in themselves.
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I argue in this chapter that the doctrine that we know only relations allows us to see both the kind of content that the notion of a thing in itself has, as well as the special sense in which Kant would indeed regard it as empty. In approaching this conclusion I proceed as follows. In section one, I examine the contrast between inner properties and outer relations, and, in particular, Kant's understanding of the rationalist view that the latter presuppose the former.
Now, what Kant says here about motions, he regards as true of any quantity. If we are to have a determinate concept of a quantity of a certain sort, we must be able to see how to add pairs of such quantities to form their sums. 37 But then we are left with the following problem. If we are given two (possibly equal) intensities, a and b, of a sensible quality (say, brightness), how do we represent the result of adding to the one an amount equalling the other? The point can be put in a general form.
Ch. I) of MFNS. A motion is there understood as a change of spatial position over a given time— rates of motion are compared by reference to the corresponding spatial displacement over an equal period of time. In other words, phoronomy represents an intensive magnitude (velocity) by means of extensive magnitudes (the space traversed and the time it takes). 51 Thus spatial direction is ascribed to the motion produced, and hence to its cause (also an intensive magnitude), in virtue of representing the motion by extensive magnitudes.