Immanuel Kant V. – Glimpses of a Tower

Space and time are the forms of all possible intuition. They are presentation, as concepts are representation. What is given in space and time is reformulated in and by my cognitive faculties. It is through the spontaneity of thought that the multiplicity or manyness that is given by intuition is unified. The spontaneous action of…

Immanuel Kant IV. – Kalam-Kant

Kant has thus far introduced, in detail, the faculty of sensibility, and its attendant form or rule which is time and space. Sensibility is the faculty that provides us with intuitions and and its representations must be ordered temporally and spatially. Now we will turn the lens upon the understanding. The understanding is that which…

Immanuel Kant III. – Forced March

The second important concern of our transcendental aesthetic is that it not merely earn some favor as a plausible hypothesis, but that it be as certain and indubitable as can ever be demanded of a theory that is to serve as an organon. -Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason It is likely that as the…

Immanuel Kant II. – An Optimistic Sally

Kant opens the first Critique with a pleasant and august Sir Francis Bacon quotation: Of our own person we will say nothing. But as to the subject matter with which we are concerned, we ask that men think of it not as an opinion but as a work; and consider it erected not for any…

Immanuel Kant I. – Opening Volley

Of all fortresses of the mind, I would call Kant’s one of the most foreboding. He has constructed something not only walled by sheer breadth but also a spartan style and Teutonic syntax. These alone would not hold were they not supported by what Deleuze will describe in his lectures on Kant: It’s an excessive…