Kantian Review 22 (2):305-329 (2017)

Reed Winegar
Fordham University
In §76 of the 3rd Critique, Kant claims that an intuitive understanding would represent no distinction between possible and actual things. Prior interpretations of §76 take Kant to claim that an intuitive understanding would produce things merely in virtue of thinking about them and, thus, could not think of merely possible things. In contrast, I argue that §76’s modal claims hinge on Kant’s suggestion that God represents things in their thoroughgoing determination, including in their connection to God’s actual will. I conclude by using my interpretation to argue that §76’s modal claims do not entail Spinozism.
Keywords Kant  God  Intuitive Understanding  Intellectual Intuition  Baumgarten  Modality  Spinoza  Freedom  Discursive  Possibility
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DOI 10.1017/s1369415417000061
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