Kant and the Claims of Knowledge

ISBN-10: 0521337720
ISBN-13: 9780521337724
Edition: 1987
Authors: Paul Guyer
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Description: This book offers a radically new account of the development and structure of the central arguments of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: the defense of the objective validity of such categories as substance, causation, and independent existence. Paul  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/25/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 500
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This book offers a radically new account of the development and structure of the central arguments of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: the defense of the objective validity of such categories as substance, causation, and independent existence. Paul Guyer makes far more extensive use than any other commentator of historical materials from the years leading up to the publication of the Critique and surrounding its revision, and he shows that the work which has come down to us is the result of some striking and only partially resolved theoretical tensions. Kant had originally intended to demonstrate the validity of the categories by exploiting what he called 'analogies of appearance' between the structure of self-knowledge and our knowledge of objects. The idea of a separate 'transcendental deduction', independent from the analysis of the necessary conditions of empirical judgements, arose only shortly before publication of the Critique in 1781, and distorted much of Kant's original inspiration. Part of what led Kant to present this deduction separately was his invention of a new pattern of argument - very different from the 'transcendental arguments' attributed by recent interpreters to Kant - depending on initial claims to necessary truth.

Acknowledgments
Notes on sources
Introduction
Kant+s Early View
The problem of objective validity
The transcendental theory of experience: 1774+1775
The Transcendental Deduction from 1781 to 1787
The real premises of the deduction
The deduction from knowledge of objects
The deduction and aperception
The Principles of Empirical Knowledge
The schematism and system of principles
Axioms and anticipations
The general principle of the analogies
The first analogy: substance
The second analogy: causation
The third analogy: interaction
The Refutation of Idealism
The problem, project, and promise of the refutation
The central arguments of the refutation
The metaphysics of the refutation
Transcendental Idealism
Appearances and things in themselves
Transcendental idealism and the forms of intuition
Transcendental idealism and the theory of judgment
Transcendental idealism and the +Antinomy of Pure Reason+
Afterword
Notes
General index

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