Does Kant Demand Explanations for All Synthetic A Priori Claims?

Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (3):549-576 (2014)
in his prolegomena to any future metaphysics, Kant states that “[a]ll metaphysicians are … suspended from their occupations until such a time as they will have satisfactorily answered the question: How are synthetic cognitions a priori possible?” (Prolegomena, 4:278).1 In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant describes the issue of the synthetic a priori as “[t]he real problem of pure reason” (B19), and in the Critique of the Power of Judgment as “the general problem of transcendental philosophy” (Judgment, 5:289). Kant attempts to answer this question for certain synthetic a priori cognitions (for example, those of mathematics and of natural science), and argues that no such answer can be found for others (in ..
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