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By John Stuart Mill

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Mill supposes that all we need to imagine is that at some point or other an impression of a wholly novel kind would announce to us that we were indeed at the end of space. The extent to which neither Mill nor Hamilton, nor Mansel for that matter, takes the full measure of Kant is somewhat surprising. There is no suggestion that drawing the boundaries of space is conceptual nonsense because boundaries are something one draws in space, so that if space is finite it must be finite but unbounded. There is no attempt to explore further what could lead us to recognize an experience as, say, the experience of reaching the end of time or the end of space.

In a sense, Mill is between the devil and the deep blue sea. Any notion of the sweep of a limb which is distinctively non-spatial looks inadequate to generate a conception of space at all, while any notion adequate to the generation of a concept of space seems to get there by starting with some notion of space already. If we make the sweep of a limb purely temporalDthat is, if we say that the non-spatial notion is simply one of the length of time it takes for sensations to succeed each other--we escape the charge ofparalogism, but we do not get very close to the usual idea of space.

49 Hamilton claimed that Brown played fast and loose not only with the testimony of consciousness, a vice to which all philosophers are liable to succumb, but with the testimony of Reid. Brown was what Hamilton called a cosmothetic idealist, and Hamilton was at pains to insist that between the testimony of consciousnessmwhich is all on behalf of "Natural Realism" or "Natural Dualism"--and the inferences of idealism there is a great opposition. Reid, on Hamilton's view, was a realist and dualist, where Brown falsely makes him out to be an idealist of the same kind as himself.

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