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Reasoning Takes Time: On Allison and the Timelessness of the Intelligible Self

Freyenhagen, F (2008) 'Reasoning Takes Time: On Allison and the Timelessness of the Intelligible Self.' Kantian Review, 13 (02). pp. 67-84. ISSN 1369-4154

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Abstract

Consider the following objection of Bennett to Kant: The least swallowable part of Kant's whole theory of freedom is the claim that the causality of freedom is not in time. This follows from Kant's doctrine that time is an appearance, and anyway the theory of freedom needs it: it is because the noumenal cause of an event is not in time, and thus is not itself an event, that it escapes the causality of nature. Kant is unembarrassed: ?Inasmuch as it is noumenon, nothing happens in it; there can be no change requiring dynamical determination in time, and therefore no causal dependence upon appearances ? No action begins in this active being itself; but we may yet quite correctly say that the active being of itself begins its effects in the sensible world? [KrV, A541=B569]. That is indefensible. Something in which ?nothing happens? cannot be ?active? or ?begin? a train of events. (Bennett 1974: 226)

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 14:21
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:44
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1697

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