The more recent interpretations of Kant's 1768 essay "Concerning the Ultimate Ground of the Differentiation of Directions in Space" stressed the important role of the human body in determining the main geometrical features of space, especially its directionality. The same work was seen as providing great support to an alternative account of Kant's official doctrine of space, namely the one which is found in the "Trascendental Aesthetic". This reading is based on a phenomenological approach to the text that can be traced back to Heidegger's lectures. The present article firstly shows how Kant's pre-critical views were connected with his mature theses by ascribing to him a constant phenomenological attitude, then it argues that such an account is hardly consistent with Kant's aims, mainly for several methodological reasons explained in the final part of the paper.
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