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The Kantian AestheticFrom Knowledge to the Avant-Garde$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579976.001.0001

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Imagination and the Conditions of Knowledge

Imagination and the Conditions of Knowledge

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The Kantian Aesthetic

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This chapter critically analyzes Kant's theory of schemata and develops it in a more complete way, with reference to the ontogenesis of experience. It argues that the transcendental schemata should be interpreted as retentive and anticipatory procedures that assist the nascent categories to achieve a basic objective orientation in cognition. It is argued further that these procedures centre on the productive imagination's capacity to model possibilities of temporally successive appearance. It is only through the realization of this disposition that we can explain how concepts in general are able to apply. The claim is here justified through phenomenological examples, and is extended to cover empirical schemata. In particular, it is shown how schemata, of their nature, have an element of generality that makes them homogeneous with both concept and sensible intuition.

Keywords:   schemata, ontogenesis of experience, anticipatory procedure, objective orientation, productive imagination, concept, intuition, retentive procedure

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