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Single Idea 16256

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

Full Idea

Kant maintained that metaphysics must be a body of necessary truths, and that necessary truths must be a priori, so metaphysical claims could not be justified by experience.

Gist of Idea

For Kant metaphysics must be necessary, so a priori, so can't be justified by experience


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Tim Maudlin - The Metaphysics within Physics 3

Book Reference

Maudlin,Tim: 'The Metaphysics within Physics' [OUP 2007], p.78

A Reaction

I'm coming to the view that there is no a priori necessity, and that all necessities are entailments from the nature of reality. The apparent a priori necessities are just at a very high level of abstraction.

Related Idea

Idea 16257 Kant survives in seeing metaphysics as analysing our conceptual system, which is a priori [Maudlin]