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Single Idea 5571

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 6. A Priori from Reason]

Full Idea

Reason itself contains the origin of certain concepts and principles, which it derives neither from the senses nor from the understanding.

Gist of Idea

Reason contains within itself certain underived concepts and principles


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B355/A299)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.387

A Reaction

You might say that these principles are known 'by the natural light' rather than being innate, but if they are not even 'derived from the understanding', that seems to leave them innate, which is a classic hallmark of a rationalist philosopher.