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Henry E. Allison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199647033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199647033.001.0001

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: Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment

: Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment

(p.201) Essay Thirteen: Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment
Essays on Kant

Henry E. Allison

Oxford University Press

This essay analyzes the antinomy of the teleological power of judgment between the mechanistic and teleological principles in the third Critique. It focuses on three questions raised by Kant's account: (1) What does Kant understand by the “principle of mechanism”? (2) Given Kant's view that an antinomy consists in an unavoidable conflict between principles of reason, how could he claim that there is the appearance of one pertaining to the teleological power of judgment and that it stems from the confusion of a principle of reflective with one of the determinative power of judgment? (3) How is the reassignment of these principles from the determinative to the reflective power of judgment, which effectively gives them a merely regulative rather than a constitutive status, supposed to resolve the antinomy? By addressing these questions, the essay endeavors to provide a plausible reading of a highly controversial text.

Keywords:   antinomy, constitutive, determinative, mechanism, reason, reflective, power of judgment, regulative, teleology, third Critique

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