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Single Idea 5594

[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 7. Natural Necessity]

Full Idea

The unconditioned necessity of appearances can be called natural necessity.

Gist of Idea

Natural necessity is the unconditioned necessity of appearances


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781], B447/A419)

Book Reference

Kant,Immanuel: 'Critique of Pure Reason', ed/tr. Guyer,P /Wood,A W [CUO 1998], p.466

A Reaction

Kant can call it what he likes, but this isn't what we mean by 'natural necessity'. We mean a feature of reality, even if we can only use appearances to infer that feature. As usual, they can't tell their ontology from their epistemology.