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I’ll take German philosophers for a thousand, Alex.

I kant help sorry.

A Priori:

Something is a fact, even though one has never experienced that fact. The sun shone down upon the earth before you were born. That knowledge is considered “a priori”.

Synthetic Proposition:

A synthetic proposition is what you might call “redundant”. It’s just a way of restating something, or defining something. The technical definition is that the proposition (what you are proposing) is contained within the subject of the proposition. In other words, if what you propose does not stay inside the subject, it is not synthetic.

To give an example, “All triangles have three sides.” That statement is a synthetic proposition, because “three sides” is one of the things that defines a triangle, or rather is contained within the definition of a triangle. It would also be a synthetic proposition to state “All triangles are shapes.” Again, the idea of “triangle” contains the idea “shape”.

So a Synthetic A Priori would be something like “All triangles have three sides.” One does not need experience to know that triangles have three sides, because by definition, it would not be a triangle if it did not have three sides.

A good eassay about: “Kant’s Synthetic A Priori Judgments”: http://www.nutters.org/docs/kant-sap

Blest wrote:
A Priori:

Something is a fact, even though one has never experienced that fact. The sun shone down upon the earth before you were born. That knowledge is considered “a priori”.

Synthetic Proposition:

A synthetic proposition is what you might call “redundant”. It’s just a way of restating something, or defining something. The technical definition is that the proposition (what you are proposing) is contained within the subject of the proposition. In other words, if what you propose does not stay inside the subject, it is not synthetic.

To give an example, “All triangles have three sides.” That statement is a synthetic proposition, because “three sides” is one of the things that defines a triangle, or rather is contained within the definition of a triangle. It would also be a synthetic proposition to state “All triangles are shapes.” Again, the idea of “triangle” contains the idea “shape”.

So a Synthetic A Priori would be something like “All triangles have three sides.” One does not need experience to know that triangles have three sides, because by definition, it would not be a triangle if it did not have three sides.

thank you so much! :)

Zirbel wrote:
A good eassay about: “Kant’s Synthetic A Priori Judgments”: http://www.nutters.org/docs/kant-sap

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Anyone able to help me out with Kant?

I learnt his theory a good year ago but second time around i can’t seem to understand a priori:

Synthetic A Priori

We do not follow predetermined laws. However, we must act according to some laws, otherwise our actions are random and without purpose. As a result, rational beings must determine for themselves a set of laws by which they will act.

These laws are not analytic (true by virtue of their meaning), but they cannot be determined through experience (a posteriori). Hume pointed this out when he said that you couldn’t move from an is (a synthetic statement about the world) to an ought (a statement about the way the world should be). The rational being has to determine the synthetic a priori – the substantive rules that can be applied prior to experience.

if any one could explain that to me really simply that would be sooo great! :)

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