Origins of Kant's Arguments in the Antinomies by Sadik J. Al-Azm
By Sadik J. Al-Azm
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I think that Kant constructs the antinomy in terms of 'substance' in general because he meant to cover the two traditionally recognized types of substance, viz. the material and the mental. It would be worth while to mention here that material and mental substance have been treated conjointly by modern philosophers. Thus most thinkers who adopted (or expounded) a specific view about the nature of material substance (or mental substance) felt constrained to adopt, either explicitly or 1 Commentary, p.
This definition of 'compositeness' is not a 'mere definition' or an arbitrary account of the concept similar to those traditionally produced by metaphysicians and specula9 Dissertation, sec. i, para. i. Observation on the thesis. 1112 Observation on the thesis (Kant's italics). 13 Fourth letter, paras, n and 13. 10 54 T H E SECOND ANTINOMY tors. It is the 'scientific* account of the nature of compositeness. It is the 'true* account of the constitution of physical reality as is attested by the immense success of Newton's mathematical system of 'natural philosophy*.
55 THE SECOND ANTINOMY but, strictly speaking, they are not called upon to defend it. In addition, the definition has had in its favour the entire weight of authority carried by the greatest single scientific achievement of modern times: the Newtonian science of motion. Would it be reasonable to expect Kant to have given a better proof than this? Furthermore, Kant's objective in constructing the antinomy is not the 'improvement' of any of the two dogmatic metaphysical and conflicting sides but the exposition of the illusoriness of all such metaphysical disputes and dogmatic conflicts.