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Kant's Transcendental DeductionAn Analytical-Historical Commentary$
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Henry E. Allison

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198724858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724858.001.0001

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The “Silent Decade”

The “Silent Decade”

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Kant's Transcendental Deduction

Henry E. Allison

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the development of Kant’s thought during the period between the Inaugural Dissertation (1770) and the first edition of the Critique (1781), in which he worked out the main lines of his “critical” views on the nature and bounds of human cognition and the conditions of experience. The texts considered are a series of letters, including the 1772 letter to Herz in which Kant raises the “critical” problem concerning the possibility of a priori knowledge; the Duisburg Nachlass (1775), which contains a series of jottings (Reflexionen) in which Kant formulates his theory of apperception and its function as a condition of empirical cognition; and some later jottings and lecture notes in which Kant articulates his view of the epistemic significance of the imagination.

Keywords:   apperception, a priori knowledge, bounds, critical, empirical cognition, experience, imagination

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