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The Second Analogy

Georges Dicker

in Kant's Theory of Knowledge

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195153064
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153065.003.0007
 The Second Analogy

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This chapter gives an analysis of Kant’s attempt to prove the causal principle in the Second Analogy. After presenting an analysis of Kant’s strategy that draws on the work of Lewis White Beck, it examines two different interpretations of Kant’s argument, by P. F. Strawson and by Paul Guyer. It concludes by presenting a final reconstruction of the overall argument of the Analytic whose first stage is the Transcendental Deduction as given in either the first or the second edition of the Critique and whose final stage is based on Guyer’s analysis of the Second Analogy.

Keywords: Hume, David; causal principle; transcendental argument; event; enduring state of affairs; irreversibility argument; ship example; house example; central argument of the Analytic; simultaneous causation

Chapter.  8606 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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