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Three Kantian Theses

Rae Langton

in Kantian Humility

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199243174
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243174.003.0003
 Three Kantian Theses

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According to Kant's Distinction, things in themselves are substances that have intrinsic properties, and phenomena are relational properties of substances. According to Receptivity, human knowledge depends on sensibility and is receptive; we can have knowledge of an object only in so far as it affects us. According to Humility, we have no knowledge of the intrinsic properties of substances. These theses are interpretively supported with texts; discussion draws upon Bennett, Strawson, and Kant's theory of matter and force. The theses pose two questions: first, if Distinction says things in themselves are substances, what of phenomenal substance; second, how could Humility follow from Receptivity?

Keywords: Bennett; force; Humility; intrinsic; intrinsic properties; Kant; knowledge; matter; phenomena; Receptivity; relational; relational properties; sensibility; Strawson; substance; things in themselves

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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