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The Dialectic of the Soul and the World

J. N. Findlay

in Kant and the Transcendental Object

Published in print August 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246381
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246381.003.0006
The Dialectic of the Soul and the World

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This chapter focuses on Transcendental Dialectic. It examines the manoeuvres of a type of thought that is not content to use its concepts on empirical material, and to justify concepts by their empirical ability, but which endeavours rather to ascend to certain highest conceptual Ideals – that of the absolute soul or object, the absolute cosmos or sum total of reality, or the absolute divine source of all existence – and in so doing necessarily transcends possible experience. The chapter also criticizes the phenomenally empty judgements and reasonings to which they lead.

Keywords: Transcendental Dialectic; ideals; theology; transcendental illusion; pure reason; Antimonies

Chapter.  12844 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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