Infinity and givenness: Kant on the intuitive origin of spatial representation

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (5-6):551-579 (2014)
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Daniel Smyth
Wesleyan University
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I advance a novel interpretation of Kant's argument that our original representation of space must be intuitive, according to which the intuitive status of spatial representation is secured by its infinitary structure. I defend a conception of intuitive representation as what must be given to the mind in order to be thought at all. Discursive representation, as modelled on the specific division of a highest genus into species, cannot account for infinite complexity. Because we represent space as infinitely complex, the spatial manifold cannot be generated discursively and must therefore be given to the mind, i.e. represented in intuition
Keywords Kant  space  intuition  infinity
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DOI 10.1080/00455091.2014.967737
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