Experience and its Systematization: Studies in Kant by Nathan Rotenstreich

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THE SCHEMATISM IN ITS CONTEXT 33 IV We have said that the Transcendental Deduction approaches the problem of knowledge from above while the Schematism considers it from below. Yet there is, as it were, a link between the two approaches that is connected with the function of the productive imagination. It is well known that this point in Kant's exposition perplexed his commentators. Yet it seems that the position of the productive imagination can be determined only if understood in the actual context of the problem.

III Within the scope of the forms of intuition Kant points to the form of time as the form providing for the structure of the datum. The question we have to consider now is, why does Kant place the emphasis on time, that is to say why does he give the epistemological preference 1, K. d. r. , p. 62). THE SCHEMATISM IN ITS CONTEXT 31 to time over space, though both forms are equally a priori forms of intuition. The first reason for this preference is to be found in the character of time as the more comprehensive form among the two forms of intuition.

Yet he observed that in Aristotelian philosophy the determinable is the general element while the formal is the particular one, whereas in Critical Philosophy the material element is precisely the particular element as given in perception, while the formal element as conceptual is the general element. 1 Yet if we consider the theory of Schematism we realize that materia 1 Salomon Maimon, Versuch eiTler neuen Logik oderTheorie des Denkens (Berlin, 1912), pp. 246 fr. THE SCHEMATISM IN ITS CONTEXT 43 prima does not appear altogether in the horizon of knowledge.

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