Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
BOOK II: ANALYTIC OF PRINCIPLES
Chapter 3: THE GROUND OF THE DISTINCTION OF ALL OBJECTS IN GENERAL
INTO PHENOMENA AND NOUMENA (p. 257)
Back to Section 4) The Postulates of Empirical Thought in General
- Phenomena: sensible entities, as appearances, distinguished from the things in themselves.
- Noumena: intelligible entities, the thing in itself, which certainly must exist but of which we can have no intuition. They are thought as objects merely through the understanding.
- We have to be careful because after the understanding has proven there is substance, it starts to think it can form a concept of it through the categories, but this is not the case.
- Noumena in the Negative Sense: a thing so far as it is not an object of our intuition.
- Noumena in the Positive Sense: an object of a non-sensible intuition. (Is not possible to think this object.)
- Problematic Concept: a concept which holds no contradiction but the objective reality of which can never be known.
- And also at the same time is connected with other modes of knowledge that involve given concepts which serve as its limit.
- Noumena is a problematic concept, i.e., it is a limiting concept.
- It sets a limit on what the understanding is capable of.
Forward to Appendix: The Amphiboly Of Concepts Of Reflection: Arising From The Confusion Of The Empirical With The Transcendental Employment Of Understanding
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