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Kant’s Thinker$
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Patricia Kitcher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.001.0001

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Synthesis: Why and How?

Synthesis: Why and How?

(p.98) 8 Synthesis: Why and How?
Kant’s Thinker

Patricia Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The discussions of ‘apperception’ in the transcendental deduction make constant use of an unusual and—for Kant—crucial concept, that of the ‘synthesis’ or ‘combination’ of representations. This chapter considers why he thinks that the synthesis of representations is crucial to perception and to rational cognition of objects. It also considers how he thinks syntheses are carried out by the faculties of imagination and understanding.

Keywords:   synthesis, combination, cognition of objects, imagination

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