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Click on the phrases to see them in context. The original texts by Immanuel Kant and David Hume are available from the Gutenberg Projet.


With these principles it rises, in obedience to the laws of its own nature, to ever higher and more remote conditions.

 The above judgement is complete evidence that we are accustomed to think that reason is not affected by sensuous conditions, that in it no change takes place--although its phenomena, in other words, the mode in which it appears in its effects, are subject to change--that in it no preceding state determines the following, and, consequently, that it does not form a member of the series of sensuous conditions which necessitate phenomena according to natural laws. But in accordance with the laws of the understanding consists the formal element in all truth. Nature, therefore, and transcendental freedom are distinguishable as conformity to law and lawlessness. In a foreign war the most considerable of all goods, life and limbs, are at stake; and as every one shuns dangerous ports, seizes the best arms, seeks excuse for the slightest wounds, the laws, which may be well enough observed while men were calm, can now no longer take place, when they are in such commotion. The antinomy which reveals itself in the application of laws, is for our limited wisdom the best criterion of legislation. Hence the proposition, "Nothing happens by blind chance (in mundo non datur casus)," is an a priori law of nature. Moreover, the law of such a connection must be certain.