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But such a relation, and consequently the limitation of the world by void space, is nothing.
Consequently, the world, as regards space, is not limited, that is, it is infinite in regard to extension.*
[*Footnote; Space is merely the form of external intuition (formal intuition), and not a real object which can be externally perceived.
Space, prior to all things which determine it (fill or limit it), or, rather, which present an empirical intuition conformable to it, is, under the title of absolute space, nothing but the mere possibility of external phenomena, in so far as they either exist in themselves, or can annex themselves to given intuitions.
Empirical intuition is therefore not a composition of phenomena and space (of perception and empty intuition).
The one is not the correlate of the other in a synthesis, but they are vitally connected in the same empirical intuition, as matter and form.
If we wish to set one of these two apart from the other--space from phenomena--there arise all sorts of empty determinations of external intuition, which are very far from being possible perceptions.
For example, motion or rest of the world in an infinite empty space, or a determination of the mutual relation of both, cannot possibly be perceived, and is therefore merely the predicate of a notional entity.]
In bringing forward these conflicting arguments, I have not been on the search for sophisms, for the purpose of availing myself of special pleading, which takes advantage of the carelessness of the opposite party, appeals to a misunderstood statute, and erects its unrighteous claims upon an unfair interpretation.
Both proofs originate fairly from the nature of the case, and the advantage presented by the mistakes of the dogmatists of both parties has been completely set aside.
The thesis might also have been unfairly demonstrated, by the introduction of an erroneous conception of the infinity of a given quantity.
A quantity is infinite, if a greater than itself cannot possibly exist.
The quantity is measured by the number of given units- which are taken as a standard--contained in it.
Now no number can be the greatest, because one or more units can always be added.
It follows that an infinite given quantity, consequently an infinite world (both as regards time and extension) is impossible.
It is, therefore, limited in both respects.
In this manner I might have conducted my proof; but the conception given in it does not agree with the true conception of an infinite whole.
In this there is no representation of its quantity, it is not said how large it is; consequently its conception is not the conception of a maximum.
We cogitate in it merely its relation to an arbitrarily assumed unit, in relation to which it is greater than any number.