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《Journal of Beijing Normal University(Social Sciences)》 2011-03
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Kant's Conception of Space and Wittgenstein's Understanding of the Conception

JIANG Yi(Research Center for Value and Culture,School of Philosophy and Sociology,BNU,Beijing 100875,China)  
Kant explores the concept of space in two ways:metaphysical and transcendental,both of which,for my understanding,should be analytical and holistic respectively.Kant emphasizes the fundamental role of intuition in understan-ding the concepts of space and time.His conception of space might be that space is nothing but a transcendental and intuitive form of all appearances by the outer sense,without any appearance of properties of thing-in-itself.Wittgenstein in Tractatus claims,however,that,according to Kant's statements about the non-congruence of the left and right hands in his Prolegomena,space is the way by which we can show the existence of things.For Wittgenstein that the concept of space should be one that cannot be described but showed;but for Kant it should be the way by which we can explain activities in understan-ding.A comparison of Kant and Wittgenstein's conceptions of space implies that Wittgenstein gives us a new understanding of space.
【Fund】: 国家社会科学基金项目“哲学的拓扑学研究”(06BZX046)
【CateGory Index】: B516.31
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