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In the Auditory Model, what this amounts to is that the things of that model change only in apparent loudness. The real amount of "sound stuff" remains constant. A determinate 32 CHAPTER II realist diachronic counting rule for the things of that model can be supplied, if at all, only on the supposition that all (3-changes, if any, are apparent changes of loudness which result from real changes of (relative) position, that is, from tone movements relative to a stationary perceiver. Realism, thus, entails as well the introduction of a distinction between real and apparent change with respect to the forms of the contents of the things of the world and, derivatively, a distinction between the real and apparent forms which undergo the ostensible changes.

But the left half of a red square, its bottom edge, its upper right corner, and so on are not themselves further things. They are not themselves closed, bounded patches of color. These "virtual parts", as I shall call them, have no ontological standing apart from the thing to which they "belong". The easiest way to highlight this fact, although it gets us momentarily ahead of our story, is by noting that reference to such a "virtual part" is always relativized to a time. 0 Imagine the red square rotated through 180 in the plane.

The real" is the real in space or time, that is, in an environment. ) The real is what fills space or time; it is the real content of a region of space or time. The question of extensive magnitude, then, is the question of how much of the environnlent is filled; the question of intensive magnitude, that of with what it is filled. Kant's "intuitions" or "appearances" are thus, near enough, our "things-in-an-environment", and what Kant is telling us is that any such thing must be so much (form) of such-and-such kind ofstuff(content).

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