Tuesday, March 26, 2019

An Interpretation of Kant’s Metaphysical Deduction of the Categories Es

In what appears to be an important section of the review of Pure Reason, when Kant attempts to show the natural connection between the table of psyche and the table of categories, there is a cryptic little paragraphThe akin function that gives unity to the different representations in a view as well as gives unity to the mere synthesis of different representations in an intuition, which, expressed ecumenicly, is called the stark(a) concept of understanding. The a the like(p) understanding, therefore, and indeed by agency of the very same actions through which it brings the logical form of a judgment into concepts by style of the analytical unity, also brings a transcendental content into its representations by means of the synthetic unity of the manifold in intuition in general, on account of which they are called pure concepts of the understanding that pertain to objects a priori this rouse never be accomplished by universal logic. A79, B105This paragraph is purported to be the possible key to understanding the aim for the deduction of the categories, and is often referred to as the metaphysical deduction of the categories. Kant will attempt to use the forms of logical judgment to deduce the forms of cognitions in general. The passage contains two sentences, only when is nearly unapproachable, correct at the level of individual clauses. However, it contains an important step in the argument of the critique, one that not only allows Kant to move between the table of judgments and the table of categories, but also that indicates the transcendental role of the understanding the way in which intellectual conditions operate to allow the possibility of experience, made manifest by an examination of logic.Points of InterpretationThe pu... ...lieve that the get-go sentence contains premises that imply a refinement contained in the second sentence. Indeed they are premises well-nigh what is known about the understanding a priori, and lead to a c onclusion that is not surprising, once the premises are properly understood.3 I can see why someone might see the first sentence as containing the conclusion of the argument, but they could only be so motivated if they read the pure concept of understanding as the categories in general, but they would seem to be committed to saying that the categories operate in general logic as the analytic unity, which, from my point of view, does not seem like the right reading.4 The knowledge element of experience is given in judgment form, but I am not sure if Kant wants to sustain non-knowledge elements into experience, passions, etc...

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