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Transcendental Arguments

  A transcendental (Latin, ‘climbing beyond’) argument, in philosophy, begins with certain assumptions we make, or experiences we have, and then attempts to establish the preconditions of the truth of these assumptions or of the occurrence of those experiences. So, for example, Kant begins with the experience of being aware of one\'s own existence, and then attempts to establish that this experience can occur only if there is an objective world: so ‘the mere consciousness of my own existence proves the existence of objects in space outside me.’ AJ

Further reading P.F. Strawson, The Bounds of Sense.



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