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The Problem of Realism and the A Priori

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0015
 The Problem of Realism and the A Priori

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Kant's ‘empirical realism’ about the objects of science and commonsense is quite consistent with the recognition of the special (a priori) status of the categories and the forms of sensible intuition (space and time) as necessary conditions of human experience; but it is questionably compatible with the doctrine of the unknowable real nature of things as they are in themselves, conceived as non‐spatial and non‐temporal. One or the other realism has to go.

Keywords: a priori; categories; intuition; realism; space; things in themselves; time

Chapter.  2829 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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