Dr.med. Othmar Mäser, Psychiater Psychotherapie

Kant quotation 9b – probability – versus – mere appearance

“PROBABILITY – EXPLANATION OF PROBABILITY – DIFFERENCE OF PROBABILITY TO APPEARANCE – MATHEMATICAL  AND  PHILOSOPHICAL PROBABILITY

 “…In probability the reason for holding a thing to be true is objectively valid, in mere appearance it is subjectively valid. …

….  Appearance is a variable of persuasion, probability is an approximation of certainty.

In probability there always has to be an appraisal measure. This measure is certainty … such a measure does not exist with mere appearance; in this case I do not compare insufficient knowledge (grounds) with sufficient knowledge, but only with knowledge which is to the contrary …  therefore the philosopher has to be content with mere appearance, a subjective and practically adequate knowledge  … regarding mathematical probability in contrast, one can only really say that it is more than half of the truth.” (volume VI, pages 512-513)

 Zitat aus Band VI, Gesammelte Werke, Immanuel Kant: “Schriften zur Metaphysik und Logik 2″ ( Logik- Einleitung), WAHRSCHEINLICHKEIT – ERKLÄRUNG DES WAHRSCHEINLICHEN … , Seite 512-513, suhrkamp Taschenbuchausgabe, herausgegeben von Wilhelm Weischedel, 1. Auflage 1974, ISBN  3-538-27653-7

(translation O. Maeser / A. M. Simma)

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