Reason and experience- Kant on causality (the house and the ship) Watch

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Need a basic explanation of Kant's argument for causality involving the examples of the house and the sailing ship.
Help Much appreciated!
More specifically, I'm not really that sure how temporal order is linked to causality- I just can't seem to understand them with regards to each other. :confused:
Thanks.
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Ok basically for this the "temporal order" point REALLY confused me so my teacher (who is an Oxford philosophy PhD and a senior examiner...) told me to just miss that out - instead, understand the MAIN point that Kant makes, which is that in order to understand how the ship moving down the river is the object changing but the room changing as we look around it is just our perception changing, we need to have the concept (or "catagory") of causality. Causality is what makes those two experiences understandable and INTELLIGIBLE. That's basically Kant's theory, that there are 12 "catagories" that we bring to experience that transforms the noumenon (the unintelligible sense experience that a purely empirical being would see) into the phenomenon (understood and catagorised experience as we see it, after it has gone through the "net" of our conceptual schemes i.e unity, causality, etc.....)

Another way I remember it is with the example of a rugby match - when we see a rugby match, we don't just see a load of random erratic movement and flying colours and sounds and "confused buzz" - because we have the catagory of unity we are able to understand this experience of the rugby match and make it intelligible.

Ignore temporal order. You don't need to quote that, just demonstrate understanding of causality needed to understand experience and to differenciate pespective changing (room) from object changing (house) and you'll be fine.


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Also remember this quote - "thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind" - from Kant
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He sure is one tight Kant.
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(Original post by Tam_91)
He sure is one tight Kant.
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Ah fair enough, got the general categories sorted so should be ok. Thanks for the advice (and the quote, will memorise that one)!
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