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Single Idea 14710

[catalogued under 10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 1. A Priori Necessary]

Full Idea

The Kantian rationalist view is that what is necessary is always knowable a priori, and what is knowable a priori is always necessary.

Gist of Idea

Necessity is always knowable a priori, and what is known a priori is always necessary


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Laura Schroeter - Two-Dimensional Semantics 2.3.1

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.22

A Reaction

Nice to get a clear spelling out of the two-way relationship here. Why couldn't Kant put it as clearly as this? See Kripke for the first big challenges to Kant's picture. I like aposteriori necessities.