The formulation of the Principle
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Kant's account of the Postulates of Empirical Thought is simpler and easier than the proofs of the Analogies. The three statements are intended to be definitions of the possible, the actual, and the necessary, and we are entitled to convert them simply. Possibility, actuality, and necessity are not characteristics of objects in the same sense, and they are not contained in the concept of the object considered only in itself. Possibility depends on the form of experience, and necessity on the combination of the two. Kant refers expressly in the present passage to the empirical power of judgement to show that we are concerned with empirical intuition or sense-perception. His doctrine therefore differs expressly from any rationalist doctrine which maintains that by pure reason apart from experience we can know the possibility, the actuality, and even the necessity, of things. This is simply a statement of Kants central doctrine that every empirical synthesis of apprehension.