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Single Idea 21081

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 3. Innate Knowledge / a. Innate knowledge]

Full Idea

Reason has taken care that the understanding is as fully equipped as possible with a priori intuitions for the construction of the concept of right.

Gist of Idea

We are equipped with the a priori intuitions needed for the concept of right


Immanuel Kant (Metaphysics of Morals I: Doctrine of Right [1797], Intro E)

A Reaction

A priori intuitions are not the same as innate knowledge or innate concepts, but they must require some sort of inbuilt inner resources. Further evidence that Kant is a rationalist philosopher (if we were unsure).

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Political Writings', ed/tr. Reiss,Hans [CUP 1996], p.135