CHAPTER V

TIME AND INNER SENSE

THE arguments by which Kant seeks to show that time is not a determination of things in themselves but only a form of perception are, mutatis mutandis, identical with those used in his treatment of space.1 They are, therefore, open to the same criticisms, and need no separate consideration.

Time, however, according to Kant, differs from space in one important respect. It is the form not of outer but of inner sense; in other words, while space is the form under which we perceive things, time is the form under which we perceive ourselves. It is upon this difference that attention must be concentrated. The existence of the difference at all is upon general grounds surprising. For since the arguments by which Kant establishes the character of time as a form of perception run pari passu with those used in the case of space, we should expect time, like space, to be a form under which we perceive things; and, as a matter of fact, it will be found that the only argument used to show that time is the form of inner, as opposed

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Cf. B. 46-9, §§ 4, 5 and 6 (a), M. 28-30, §§ 5, 6 and 7 (a) with B. 38-42, § 2 (1-4), and § (3) to (a) inclusive, M. 23-6, §§ 2, 3, and 4 (a). The only qualification needed is that, since the parts of time cannot, like those of space, be said to exist simultaneously, B. § 4 (5), M. § 5, 5 is compelled to appeal to a different consideration from that adduced in the parallel passage on space (B. § 2 (4), M. § 2, 4). Since, however, B. § 4 (5), M. § 5, 5 introduces no new matter, but only appeals to the consideration already urged (B. § 4, 4, M. § 5, 4), this difference can be neglected. B. § 5, M. § 6 adds a remark about change which does not affect the main argument.

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