Does Kant demand explanations for all synthetic a priori claims?


Marshall, Colin. "Does Kant demand explanations for all synthetic a priori claims?" Journal of the History of Philosophy 52:3 (2014), 549-576.

Kant’s philosophy promises to explain various synthetic a priori claims. Yet, as several of his commentators have noted, it is hard to see how these explanations could work unless they themselves rested on unexplained synthetic a priori claims. Since Kant appears to demand explanations for all synthetic a priori claims, it would seem that his project fails on its own terms. I argue, however, that Kant holds that explanations are required only for synthetic a priori claims about (purportedly) experience-independent entities, and that his project rests on a rationalist method of reflection that justifies certain basic synthetic a priori claims.

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