How are synthetic a priori judgments possible?

The Kant’s concept of Copernican Turn is a paradigm that introduces new sources of knowledge to understanding philosophy. The introduction of new theories of metaphysics and the subsequent knowledge promotes the acquisition of new skills for learning and conducting philosophical duties by abandoning the basic knowledge of viewing nature from the general to have a different perception with innate structure with general appearance. Kant determined that knowledge could only be validated through a priori principles. Therefore, the general knowledge leads to understanding of metaphysics as an accepted body of knowledge (Kant 1990). The paradigm shift that Kant uses to explain his argument is referred to as the “Copernican Turn” because he was hopeful that he would accomplish his philosophical work as well as gain the relevant Meta physics knowledge in the perspective that guided Copernicus to fulfill his work in astronomy.  The aim of this paper is to explain an account of Kant’s “Copernican turn” in philosophy. The paper also provides an explanation of the terms a priori and synthetic and the function they have in Kant’s theoretical philosophy, and explain why mathematics and physics contain such statements.

An Account of Kant’s “Copernican Turn”

The explanation of Kant’s analysis of Pure Reason determines that Copernicus applied the knowledge to explain and reject the process of basic assumption in the astronomy based on personal objections and the assumption that the forces of reasoning had no impact on motions. In his work, Kant rejected the perception that aimed at identifying how our knowledge is based on experience and that the state of mind determines the level of experience to enhance the ability to synthesis information. The Kant’s explanation contradicts the traditional perception that the human knowledge conform to the object and hence identifies that the object is one that conforms to the knowledge (Kant 1990, p. 147). In addition, Kant rejects the Copernicus perception of cognition in order to avoid Berkelean idealism and Humean skepticism. The skepticism emanates from insufficient and  verifiable empirical finding but it is through the general knowledge and perception of the philosophical nature.

The critical analysis of pure reason begins with the identification that explains that the process is an experiment to be conducted in metaphysics to identify the process of revolutionizing critical thinking. The process also involves identifying the key contributors to philosophical nature by basing the argument on cosmology approach to explain Copernican revolution (Kant 1990). Copernicus deviated with the Ptolemaic geocentric approaches because it had no feasible and verifiable explanation on issues that relate to celestial motions. The perception is based on the assumption that motion revolves around the third person engaged in the observation.

In contrast with the famous geocentric system, Copernicus related with the heliocentric cosmological technique that aims to suggest that the motion of the objects emanates from the perception of the observer. Therefore, basing the argument on motion motivated Kant to carry an in-depth analysis to assist in the identification of successful study to analyze cosmology. To compare the Kant’s study and Copernicus research, there seems to be differences on how to address the nature of metaphysics. The explanations by Kant revealed that there is a need for an in depth study to assist in the analysis and application of pure path in metaphysics.

In his art Critique of Pure Reason, Kant provides a clear explanation of the foundation of physics.  The major sciences that the philosopher identifies include the mathematics, physics, and logics (Kant 1990). The explanation based on the foundation of sciences emanated from a need to identify the secure path. Explanation of the three sciences requires use of knowledge to identify the progress and revolutionary of the aspects of metaphysics.

The identification process was based on two conclusions that require knowledge of physics and mathematics. The first finding determined that a continuous progress in cognition identifies that the science has determined a success path. Secondly, the body of scientists has to identify a universal way to identifying a royal aim to achieving a common goal (Flikschuh, 2000). The approach faces challenges that emanates from a lack of unanimous techniques to address the procedures of metaphysics. There have been a conflict of interest in the past based on philosophers need to dominate in the explanation of metaphysics. The conflict led to the establishment of a common pool of knowledge to identify a lasting possession of a secure path to explaining the knowledge of a body of logics and the application royal path (Kant 1990).

On the other words, the explanation by Kart determines that the metaphysics has not yet established a secure path of physics while logic, mathematics, and physics have successfully determined the secure path. As a result, the question that has to be answered is what are the contributions of logics, mathematics, and physics? In addition, what is respective role of mathematics and logic to the body of knowledge?

The aim of Kant in his critique was to provide a relevant rescue of metaphysic from an intentional groping that aims at revolutionizing the explanation and to keep in pace the process as Copernicus did to cosmology. To contrast Copernicus explanations, Kant provides an additional explanation that identified that the nature of movement emanate from the perception of the observer but not from the movement of heavens. Analogical perception of the explanation has led to is based on the facts that the conventional approach and rejects the epistemological context that identifies that the subjects conform to the object.

In addition, the explanation by Kant shows that the approach of Copernicus turn requires that the object should conform to the cognition. The explanation means that the human being should recognize the presence of an object through priori and this implies that we understands what we have  put in our minds (Kant 1990).

According to Kant, we can only understand what we make or produce as a source of knowledge and promotion of the body of knowledge through the contribution of theoretical perspective of science. The Kant definition also identifies that the ability to recognize an object is because of controlled perception and knowing the independent world is complex because we cannot know the mind. The central thing in the Kant’s revolutionary technique of metaphysics is the ability to recognize the epistemological position. The perception on epistemological constructivism is a central theme that Kant used to promote his argument on assumptions that knowledge is dependent on observer.

The Secure Path of a Science

The Copernican turn in the Kant’s philosophy is a progressive revolution that is based on the Copernican astronomy and the control of modern science.   The overall concern of kant’s study is to compare the metaphysics as a source of knowledge with mathematics, logic, and physics. The comparison is made to generate the secure path of science that promotes the explanation and the role of metaphysics.  The Kant’s explanation identifies that logic is a pure science that was initiated and accomplished by Aristotle (Kant 1990). The claim that since the earliest time the science of logic has been progressive support the perception that Aristotle  contributed to its growth  with the  possibility of promoting  continued growth of the management science.

A priori and Synthetic

Kant further explains that the progress of logic requires a thorough analysis and   interpolation of metaphysical, anthropological and psychological systems that promotes sophistication of logic. Therefore, the progress permits improvement and deformation of science as a result overrunning of authorities.  According to kant, the logic has boundaries that promotes cognition of a normal path. The formal condition based on the level of valid thing promotes logical thinking without taking into account the roles of objects cognition.  The process that logic can use to identify the secure path relates to the ability to recognize the change itself and identifying the object on its own form. However, the external cognition does not contribute to the progress of logic. In this case, reason identifies itself a priori that involves a pure cognition that has no external sources of knowledge. Kant’s attempt to explain logic led to identification of two types of cognition that include a posteriori and a priori. A posteriori cognition requires a particular level of experience but does not imply that all cognition are empirical. A priori cognition is independent of experience.

The process of having a universal and necessity possession of thought that are dependent on experience, then it indicates the acquisition of a priori. The necessity and universality are inseparable indications that guide the acquisition of a priori cognition.  Therefore, the mind contributes to the acquisition of understanding of some empirical such as metaphysics. The ability to run logically leads to the adoption of attributable and controllable knowledge in mathematics. As a result, it is difficult to get Pythagorean number. Kant determines that mathematical judgments are always categorized under a priori cognition because they have universally acceptable reality and necessity. For instance, it is universally accepted that 2+5=7. The sum of 2and 5 is a process of unification that includes two numbers in  single one.  Therefore, an individual can only get the sum of the two numbers if he or she  goes beyond the concept of  adding together seeking the  intuition that  provides a  corresponding outcome.

Why Mathematics and Physics Contain Such Statements

Unlike logics that seek to provide a rule of formal thinking, mathematics and physics aims at getting knowledge regarding the object. The progress is determined through the application theoretical forms to promote reality and nature based on a solid reference. Therefore, mathematics and physics aims to provide the object’s a priori. The cognitive progress of mathematic depends on the ability to create an object based on the concept of a priori (Hogan, 2010). As a result, Kant determines that mathematics and physics have revolutionized before determining the secure path of science.  The process of revolution involves gathering of physical and mathematical information and analyzing any empirical and theoretical perspectives that relate with the findings. According to Kant, the mathematicians are posed with development of new royal path that permits a continued progress and development of more cognitive theories.

The analysis of mathematics in the concept of knowledge cognition provides description on how the mathematical concepts are developed following the idea of a prior concept. Therefore, the mathematic approach determines that mathematic figures are not based on properties but on how they are construed within the concept of a priori. In addition, the history of physics the revolution emanated from the ability to perform experiment and not from mere observation and analysis (Hogan, 2010). The prior analysis and findings found in physics and mathematics aims at identifying a secure path of science. The analysis provides explanations on the issues that relate to theoretical and practical approaches that ensures accuracy of concepts. Therefore, the explanations of Kant identifies that mathematics contributes to the construction of objects while physics assists in knowing nature (Hogan, 2010).

Therefore, Kant uses the term ‘nature’ to refer to things given in experience.  The revolution is also natural as explained by Francis Bacon who initiated the experimental technique.  Therefore, Kant provides that the empirical science result from natural science. The examples that Kant used to develop an empirical process include the approach that Galileo inclined the process of the rolling ball and the Torricelli, and Stahl. The similar of determining the progress of the experimental role reveals that the role of cognition emanates from an objective to meeting a given objective (Hogan, 2010). The kant’s main point is that the insight has an insight in that the progress in the management of continuous theoretical progress.

Kantian Constructivism

Kant’s Copernican turn results to a constructive approach that aim at providing critical consequences that contributes to direct realism and representationalism (Hogan, 2010). The approach of direct realism contributes to the approach that can contribute to grasping of knowledge and promoting the acquisition of external knowledge that contributes to independent knowledge. The technique of direct knowledge determines that the program has a direct representation that stands between the object and the subject.  In contrast, the approach of constructivist to knowledge identifies that knowledge cannot be acquired directly or indirectly. The problems that affect representationalism relates to the approach of analyzing and identifying the progress of the representation of the object and the subject.  In relation to constructivist approach, the world cannot be known by how it is but through the subject and in guidance of what it makes or produces.

The Two Fold of Kant’s Approach to Knowledge

The representation of the mind can help us grasp knowledge directly an approach called Epistemological representationalism. The famous Herz used the approach where he sought to identify the ground in which to differentiate the nature of representation and the object. For kant, the presentation is as a result of the object and subject. That is, the relation is dependent on the relation with the object.  The ‘term’ representation represents an idea in the minds of the empiricist and rationalists. The two determines that the term ‘representation’ is an independent reality. The other fold is called Epistemological constructivism (Rastovic, 2012).  The term is derived from mathematics where the epistemological subject identifies the object as an imperative item that should contributes to the source of knowledge. The representation shows that the sources of knowledge relates with the progress in exploration and experimentation of the identified theories.  The epistemological subject refutes the perception that knowing the mind a difficult task that requires intervention from the external sources.

The constructivist approach unifies the metaphysical approach between the physical things and the appearance of the things.  The cohesion between the object, subject, and the appearance affects the nature and source of knowledge. The metaphysical process identifies that the approach has a unification of different components that promotes the presence and construct of object and subject. The subject has to construct the object.

A thorough analysis of kant’s process identifies that the relationship between the subject and object contributes to three fundamental facets (Rastovic, 2012).  The first aspect identified from the nature of cohesion between object and subject includes the presence of ‘representation’ that has a perceptual experience. The argument that the absence of intuition and representation pertaining the perception towards an object presents Meta cognition and widens the ability to understanding the metaphysical approach. Therefore, human judgment emanates from an immediate cognition of an object that presents the actual presentation of the object

The other approach that leads to metaphysical unity is the appearance. The phenomenon represents the general prospect that promotes the appearance that supports the nature and prospect of acquiring new knowledge based on the subject and object. The natural nature of the process promotes the identification object, subject, and controls the definition of the representation that requires close examination that will lead to the identification of knowledge.

Therefore, the Kant’s explanation identifies that the in ability to know the mind is an imperative approach that requires experience. The interpretation identifies that one cannot know the mind because it is independent of him but can only know what he constructs (Rastovic, 2012). The ability to identify the social construction is a skillful technique that leads to promotion of the knowledge in the real world. The Kant’s explanation determines that the ability to recognize the external world require we have some inner experience but not the world as it appears. The above process may not be an intuition within us. The intuitions that determine our existence are found in the representations and intuitions. Therefore, intuitions and concepts contribute to a body of knowledge that is essential in the presentation of cognition. The kant’s argument determines that the process of identifying metaphysical process determines that there is progress and growth in the fields of the mathematics and logics (Rastovic, 2012).

The subjects are impacted by the concepts of sensation and unification of different categories that aims at promoting consistency of the general knowledge and promotion of mathematical and physical existences.  The categorization process leads to the identification of the general knowledge and promotion of key intuitions that allows acquisition of knowledge.  The unity is caterised by the concept of understanding and promotion of pure concepts and understanding (Rastovic, 2012). As a result, the concept of understanding is based on the idea of a priori that helps in the construction of objects of experience.

The cognition of an object requires that the existence of proof that will help in enhancing probability either by experience or a priori. A comfortable is imperative in the sense that the probability of identifying an external world relates to the perception that the comfortable thought is relevant to identify the perception and understanding regarding the human perception (Rastovic, 2012). Therefore, the thing that can be recognized is based on transcendental illusion. The illusion emanates from imaginations. Based on this context Kant determines that he can think anything as long as he does not contradict himself.  The concept of possible thought guarantees that the author may think about anything such as an object within the context of sum total possibilities (Woelert, 2007).

Copernican Constructivism and Revolution

The reading on the work of Copernicus’s theory contributed to the identification of key scientific concepts that promotes heliocentric. Copernicus engaged in changing the concept of geocentric conception into a heliocentric universe. In contrast to Copernicus’ work, Kants inverted the interaction between the object and subject by determining that the subject has to know what he produces, in its own form, and in accordance with the concept of intuition (Woelert, 2007). Therefore, based on this explanation, kant identified the need to have a central point that supports the Copernicus revolution.

The study of  constructivism provides an approach that promotes the body of knowledge  and supports the perspective of  metaphysics that promotes philosophy in different ways. First, the work of cant uses various terms such as mathematics, physic and logistics to enhance the study carried out in the field of philosophy in order to foster the empirical research. The use of such terms implies that kant’s study relied on a need to identify new sources of knowledge and to criticize past studies that explain a particular phenomena (Woelert, 2007).  For instance, the approach of constructs that guides in the construction of geometrical concepts promotes identification and application of the natural science.

Mathematical and physical concepts that Kant use assists in the assurance that helps to identify and analyze the synthetic judgment and support of his arguments. The application and explanation of various concepts such as a priori and posteriori helps Kant to explain the existence of synthetic statements.  The terms help to identify the terms of metaphysics and the principles of natural science. Therefore, the argument that the intuitions determine the progress of natural science requires support of evidence that is easy to verify (Woelert, 2007).  The application and explanation of the a priori concept involves a focus in metaphysics and their relevance in philosophy is commendable.


In conclusion, Kant also identifies a need to explain the nature of identifying the proces of classical aesthetic. The assumptions made in the explanations relate to the approach of identifying the causes of cognition.  For instance, if a person encounters an item that he or she recognizes and can easily recognize its nature, then Kant argues that the cognition may be categorized into three logical units.  The first thing is the schema of space and time that involves the presentation of that concept in the manifold. Then the attribute of presenting the object and recognizing it is based on experience and the ability to synthesis information is what Kant refers to the power of judgment. The types of judgments are categorized into two folds. That is determining judgment and reflecting judgments. The process that logic can use to identify the secure path relates to the ability to recognize the change itself and identifying the object on its own form. However, the external cognition does not contribute to the progress of logic. In this case, reason identifies itself a priori that involves a pure cognition that has no external sources of knowledge. Kant’s attempt to explain logic led to identification of two types of cognition that include a posteriori and a priori.