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Volume 27 • Number 1

January 2010



An Infinite Given Magnitude

by Ermanno Bencivenga

At B39 in the Transcendental Aesthetic, Kant says, famously, "Space is represented as an infinite given magnitude." This sentence has been the source of constant criticism by commentators. A powerful statement of what they find troubling in it was made by F. A. Trendelenburg in his Logische Untersuchungen, when he pointed out that everything given must be limited; hence, Kant should have said that space is thought, not given, as infinite. Here I will address this worry in the context of a general interpretation of Kant's position on space. More precisely, I will first bring out all the elements I need for resolving the problem and then present my resolution of it.

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