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Single Idea 5525

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 8. A Priori as Analytic]

Full Idea

The concept of twelve is by no means already thought merely by my thinking of the unification of seven and five, and no matter how long I analyze my concept of such a possible sum I will still not find twelve in it.

Gist of Idea

No analysis of the sum of seven and five will in itself reveal twelve


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B015)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.144

A Reaction

I don't find this convincing. All sums can be revealed by analysing the relationships within the sequence of natural numbers.