Single Idea 18278

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 5. Interpretation]

Full Idea

It was Kant's great discovery that the object of knowledge is not simply given but constructed, and that it contains conceptual elements not contained in pure perception.

Gist of Idea

Kant showed that our perceptions are partly constructed from our concepts


Hans Reichenbach (The Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge [1965], p.49), quoted by J. Alberto Coffa - The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap

Book Reference

Coffa,J.Alberto: 'The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap' [CUP 1993], p.191