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In what sense could isolation arguments or analytic investigations play a role in the architectonic of the Critique of Pure Reason? A starting point for an isolation argument that is very much in evidence in Kant’s text is Euclidean geometry. Georges Dicker writes that for Kant . . . [i]t is because of the nature or structure of space that a straight line not only is but also must be the shortest distance between two points. More generally, it is the nature or structure of space that accounts for the necessity 24 Kant, Deleuze and Architectonics or strict universality of all geometrical propositions.
They concern the conditions of possibility of all experience and challenge anyone who is a sceptic about the a priori nature of the foundations of cognition. As Robert Stern puts it . . . they set out to show that something the sceptic takes for granted as a possibility (for example that we have direct access to our inner states but no direct access to the external world, or beliefs but no reliable belief-forming methods) must be abandoned, as the one is in fact impossible without the other, for reasons he has overlooked (for example, inner states alone cannot provide the basis for time-determination, or that beliefs by their nature must be generally true).
It is a condition of possibility but only as a part of a whole system. : A833/ B861). Thus if we had a concept of cause and effect but no concept of substance then for Kant we would not have experience at all because we could not keep hold of an unchanging substance which would form part of a chain of cause and effect. We could not construct a technical unity of root concepts that responded to problems that arise in experience because without the whole Ideas and Method in Kant and Deleuze 35 system of root concepts experience as such would not be possible.