By Meir Buzaglo

ISBN-10: 0822941767

ISBN-13: 9780822941767

The philosophy of Solomon Maimon (1753–1800) is mostly thought of a massive hyperlink among Kant’s transcendental philosophy and German idealism. hugely praised in the course of his lifetime, over the last centuries Maimon’s genius has been poorly understood and sometimes missed. Meir Buzaglo deals a reconstruction of Maimon’s philosophy, revealing that its actual nature turns into obvious in simple terms whilst considered in gentle of his philosophy of mathematics.

This presents the main to realizing Maimon’s technique to Kant’s quid juris query in regards to the connection among instinct and proposal in arithmetic. Maimon’s unique technique avoids allotting with instinct (as in a few models of logicism and formalism) whereas decreasing the reliance on instinct in its Kantian experience. As Buzaglo demonstrates, this led Maimon to question Kant’s final rejection of the potential for metaphysics and, at the same time, to indicate a special form of skepticism.

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At this point, Maimon poses the following question: "Mr. Kant is trying to escape from this difficulty by assuming that time and space and their possible determinations are a priori representations within us, and The Quid Juris Question 31 therefore we may attach to a certain duration of time, which is a priori the concept of necessity, which is also a priori. But since intuitions, as has been proved, even if they are a priori they are different from intellectual concepts, this assumption does not take us very far" (Versuch 65).

Such an intellect comprises an intuition with a special affinity to the thing-initself But such a view of Kant's response sees him as criticizing Maimon from within the Kantian system itself, for Maimon, even from Kant's point of view, presupposes in his resolution of the quid juris question that human cognition plays a part in the intellectual intuition. Rejecting Maimon's conclusion on account of its contradictoriness would amount to begging the question. Kant's reply to Maimon's question is not satisfactory in any respect.

One is to accept Kant's answer, that is, that the system on the whole is valid and only the problem of this lacuna remains, which has to be solved somehow. Alternatively, the lacuna may be seen as a symptom that raises the need for further amendments, which already will not leave the system intact. At times it seems Maimon accepts the first option and demands that the Kantian system be repaired by adopting the assumption that both species of consciousness, the sensual and the intellectual, have the same origin and that this dualism be rescinded.

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