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Section Six: The Main Transcendental Question—First Part: How is pure Mathematics possible?

25 September, 2015 - 14:22

Here is a great and established branch of knowledge, already of remarkable compass, and promising unbounded exten- sion in the future, carrying with it a thorough apodictic certainty, i.e., absolute necessity, and thus resting on no empiri- cal grounds, but being a pure product of Reason, besides thoroughly synthetic. “How is it possible for the human Reason to bring about such a branch of knowledge entirely a priori?” Does not this capacity, as it does not and cannot stand on experience, presuppose some ground of knowledge apriori, lying deep-hidden, but which might reveal itself through these its effects, if their first beginnings were only diligently searched for?