THE TRANSCENDENTAL USE OF CONCEPTS
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The philosophy of Kant is always to be conceived as empirical realism and transcendental idealism. These two main aspects of his doctrine are so closely inter-related that neither is intelligible apart from the other; but in the last three chapters we have considered primarily his empirical realism-the theory that we have direct knowledge both of a self which thinks and feels and wills in time and of permanent physical bodies which interact in space. These two kinds of knowledge constitute one single human experience. We must not imagine that our knowledge of bodies is merely inferential: if we had no direct knowledge of permanent physical substances in space, we could have no knowledge of our own successive mental states.