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The Meaning of Existence

Naturevolume 127page339 (1931) | Download Citation



I DO not know whether anyone has directed attention to the striking agreement of the conclusion of “The Mysterious Universe” with the final form in which Kant expressed his conclusion concerning the nature of the objective world in the “Critique of Judgment”. My particular reference is to Remarks 1 and 2 appended to the 57th Section. In this passage Kant makes the distinction between the Æsthetic Idea and the Rational Idea, and it marks the transition from the consideration of the æsthetic judgment of taste to that of the teleological judgment of purpose in Nature. But the real significance of the passage is seen to lie in Kant's complete grasp of the relation between the intuitive knowledge of the world in sense perception and the objective knowledge of the world in scientific reasoning. It is this which makes Kant's theory so relevant to the modern scientific interpretation of physical reality.

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