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Kant's Transcendental Deduction

Alison Laywine


The Transcendental Deduction in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason tries to show that all human thought and knowledge depend on the categories of the understanding and that these categories can apply only to appearances. If it works as an argument, it implies that metaphysics as a science of non-sensible things is impossible. The author of this book argues, however, that the Transcendental Deduction reflects Kant’s long engagement with the branch of special metaphysics called ‘general cosmology’: the doctrine of a world as such. General cosmology was supposed to be a science of non-sensible things ... More

Keywords: Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, Transcendental Deduction, understanding, categories, metaphysics, general cosmology, world, experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198748922
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198748922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Laywine, author
McGill University