Kant on Apriority and the Spontaneity of Cognition

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This chapter takes up a suggestion Robert M. Adams makes in his book on Leibniz, that the original notion apriority continues to enjoy currency in the 17th and 18th centuries. On this notion of apriority, to know something a priori is to know it from its grounds. It suggests, in particular, that Kant works with this now archaic conception of the a priori, and that recognizing this point sheds light on the nature of Kant's project in the Critique of Pure Reason.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMetaphysics and the Good
Subtitle of host publicationThemes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191715396
ISBN (Print)9780199542680
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010


  • A priori
  • Apriority
  • Kant
  • Pure reason
  • Robert M. Adams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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