The significance of time in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

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2011
Çifteci, Volkan
The purpose of this thesis is to give an account of the significance of time in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason by discussing its role in the unification of sensibility and understanding. I primarily investigate the role that time plays in the constitution of objective knowledge. I discuss that since time is the necessary condition for objects to be given to our sensibility, without it any representation would be without a temporal order and perhaps would not make any sense at all. Kant claims that it is imagination that enables the connection between sensibility and understanding possible. After investigating the relation between imagination and time, I argue for the following thesis: what lies at the very heart of the possibility of the connection between sensibility and understanding must be time itself. Finally, I focus on the kinship between time and the self. I argue that when it comes to knowledge of the phenomenal world, time together with transcendental self stands as the condition of all human knowledge.

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V. Çifteci, “The significance of time in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.