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Single Idea 5562

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / b. Nomological causation]

Full Idea

It is only because we subject the sequence of appearances and thus all alteration to the law of causality that experience itself is possible.

Gist of Idea

Experience is only possible because we subject appearances to causal laws


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B234/A189)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.305

A Reaction

Remarks like this make me sympathise with Hume. Kant puts it too strongly. It strikes me as theoretically possible to 'experience' a sequence with no thought of causality.