Kant on Causation: On the Fivefold Routes to the Principle by Steven M Bayne

By Steven M Bayne

An in-depth exam of the character of Kant's causal precept.

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In the first edition the principle is stated as follows: “Everything that happens (begins to be) presupposes something upon which it follows according to a rule” (A189). There are two differences between the A and B formulations. ” Kant, however, did not intend for these changes to create any significant difference in meaning between the two versions of the principle. The first 1. Treatise, Bk. I, Pt. III, §III, 78. 35 36 KANT ON CAUSATION change does not alter the meaning because it only makes explicit something Kant claimed in the First Analogy.

See §15 of the B Deduction B129–31. 18. Of course, this is nothing more than a bare statement of Kant’s task in the Transcendental Deduction. I make no pretense of giving any arguments for this statement. A significant discussion of Kant’s transcendental deduction is in itself a monumental task and as such goes way beyond the scope of this book. For getting started the following works may be of some use. Dieter Henrich, “The Proof-structure of Kant’s Transcendental Deduction,” Review of Metaphysics (June 1969): 640–59; Henry E.

Treatise, Bk. I, pt. III, § III, 78. 37. Ibid. 38. , 78–79. 39. A Letter from a Gentleman to His Friend in Edinburgh, ed. Eric Steinberg (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1977), 118. See also Hume’s claim at Treatise Bk. I, pt. III, § III, 82. 40 Hume is emphatically clear on this point. In responding to criticism of his supposed denial of this principle in the Treatise, Hume writes that it being the Author’s Purpose, in the Pages cited in the Specimen, to examine the Grounds of that Proposition; he used the Freedom of disputing the common Opinion, that it was founded on demonstrative or intuitive Certainty; but asserts, that it is supported by moral Evidence, and is followed by a Conviction of the same Kind with these Truths, That all Men must die, and that the Sun will rise To-morrow.

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