THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNDERSTANDING
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Kant is identifying the succession in the appearance with the succession in apprehension, a succession which is objective is a necessary succession in our apprehension. Since our apprehension is always successive, succession in our apprehension does not by itself establish succession in the object apprehended. Apart from this presupposition people could not speak of a succession in the objective world, but only of a succession in their apprehension. Suppose that a perceived event is not preceded by something on which it must follow in accordance with a rule. In that case all succession of sense-perceptions would be merely subjective through the subjective succession of sense-perceptions in apprehension it would not be objectively determined which of these sense-perceptions must precede and which succeed. Kant then proceeds to deal explicitly with the case of objective succession. Fortunately the ambiguities of Kant's statement do not here affect seriously the nature of the argument.