Kant's Transcendental Deduction

Kant's Transcendental Deduction : An Analysis of Main Themes in His Critical Philosophy

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The argument of the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories in the Critique of Pure Reason is the deepest and most far-reaching in philosophy. In his new book, Robert Howell interprets main themes of the Deduction using ideas from contemporary philosophy and intensional logic, thereby providing a keener grasp of Kant's many subtleties than has hitherto been available. No other work pursues Kant's argument through every twist and turn with the careful, logically detailed attention maintained here. Surprising new accounts of apperception, the concept of an object, the logical functions of thought, the role of the Metaphysical Deduction, and Kant's relations to his Aristotelian-Cartesian background are developed. Howell makes a precise contribution to the discussion of most of the disputed issues in the history of Deduction interpretation. Controversial in its conclusions, this book demands the attention of all who take seriously the task of understanding Kant's work and evaluating it dispassionately.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 157.5 x 221 x 35.6mm | 249.48g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XXIV, 424 p.
  • 0792315715
  • 9780792315711

Table of contents

Displayed Sentences Referred to Frequently. Preface. One: Kant's Picture of Knowledge. Two: Intuitions and Their Objects. Three: Intuition, the Manifold of Intuition, and Its Synthesis. Four: The Transcendental Deduction: Its Structure, Goals, and Opening Claims. Five: Combination and Intensionality: B-Deduction 15. Six: Apperception: B-Deduction 16. Seven: Transcendental Unity of Apperception and Its Necessity. Eight: The Union of the Manifold of Intuition in the Concept of an Object: B-Deduction 17. Nine: Objective Unity of Apperception and the Logical Forms of Judgment: B-Deduction 18 and 19. Ten: Category Application to the Object of Intuition: B-Deduction 20. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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Review quote

`Howell brings a sophisticated understanding of modern work in logic and the philosophy of language to bear on the most difficult and central texts of the Kantian corpus. He has a complete command of the Kantian texts - both the major texts and the ancillary ones - and he deploys it with great taste and understatement, so that one never feels as though one is being treated to a display of scholarship for its own sake. In summary, Howell's book is a splendid achievement - quite the most important piece of scholarship of modern philosophy ...'
Robert P. Wolff, University of Massachusetts
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