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Kant and the Transcendental ObjectA Hermeneutic Study$
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J. N. Findlay

Print publication date: 1981

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246381.001.0001

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Kant's Metaphysic of Nature

Kant's Metaphysic of Nature

(p.246) Chapter VIII Kant's Metaphysic of Nature
Kant and the Transcendental Object

J. N. Findlay

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with a very perplexing stratum of Kant's teaching: his philosophy of the natural world and our knowledge of it. There are works, for example, in Anthropology, in which Kant treats of natural phenomena in a wholly unproblematic manner: he applies his a priori categories and principles to empirical data, and takes no step whatever in the direction of the Transcendental Object, the Noumenon, or the Thing-in-itself. But there are other works, such as the The Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, and his fragmentary last work in the Transition from Critical Philosophy to Physics, in which a distinction is drawn between secondary phenomena, or phenomena of phenomena – which are merely the coloured, sounding, tangible, odorous phenomena of the outer world, together with the sensible, cogitative, desiderative, and affective phenomena of our inner life – and primary phenomena, which represent a deeper phenomenal layer, full of mysterious moving forces which operate in space and time stripped of sense qualities and feeling qualities, and which in some manner come closer to the underling structures of Things-in-themselves, and of the transcendental thinking subject, than do the piebald phenomena of ordinary experience.

Keywords:   natural world, natural phenomena, a priori, Things-in-themselves

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