Essay heading: Philosophies of KANT

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This means that experience of the body is required before its heaviness becomes clear. Before Kant's first Critique, empiricists and rationalists assumed that all synthetic statements required experience in order to be known. Kant claims that elementary mathematics, like arithmetic, is synthetic a priori, meaning that its statements provide new knowledge, but knowledge that is not derived from experience...
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This becomes part of his over-all argument for transcendental idealism. That is, he argues that the possibility of experience depends on certain necessary conditions—which he calls a priori forms—and that these conditions structure and hold true of the world of experience. In so doing, his main claims in the Transcendental Aesthetic are that “mathematic judgments are synthetic a priori and in addition, that Space and Time are not derived from experience but rather are its preconditions” (Ames 176)...
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