Absolute Time: The Limit of Kant's Idealism

Noûs 53 (2):433-461 (2019)

Marius Stan
Boston College
I examine here if Kant can explain our knowledge of duration by showing that time has metric structure. To do so, I spell out two possible solutions: time’s metric could be intrinsic or extrinsic. I argue that Kant’s resources are too weak to secure an intrinsic, transcendentally-based temporal metrics; but he can supply an extrinsic metric, based in a metaphysical fact about matter. I conclude that Transcendental Idealism is incomplete: it cannot account for the durative aspects of experience—or it can do so only with help from a non-trivial metaphysics of material substance.
Keywords Kant  Philosophy of time  Early modern metaphysics  Relationism  Philosophy of physics  Eighteenth century philosophy  Transcendental idealism
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