THE SCHEMATISM OF THE CATEGORIES
As has already been pointed out,1 the Analytic is divided into two parts, the Analytic of Conceptions, of which the aim is to discover and vindicate the validity of the categories, and the Analytic of Principles, of which the aim is to determine the use of the categories in judgement. The latter part, which has now to be considered, is subdivided into two. It has, according to Kant, firstly to determine the sensuous conditions under which the categories are used, and secondly to discover the a priori principles involved in the categories, as exercised under these sensuous conditions, such, for instance, as the law that all changes take place according to the law of cause and effect. The first problem is dealt with in the chapter on the 'schematism of the pure conceptions of the understanding', the second in the chapter on the 'system of all principles of the pure understanding'.
We naturally feel a preliminary difficulty with respect to the existence of this second part of the Analytic at all. It seems clear that if the first part is successful, the second must be unnecessary. For if Kant is in a position to lay down that the categories must apply to objects, no special conditions of their application need be subsequently determined. If, for instance, it can be laid down that the category of quantity must apply to objects, it is implied either that there are no special conditions of its application, or that they have already____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Kant's Theory of Knowledge. Contributors: H. A. Prichard - Author. Publisher: Clarendon Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1909. Page number: 246.
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