Bennett on Kant's Analytic

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI:
Bennett on Kant's Analytic

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This chapter reviews Bennett's book, Kant's Analytic. The discussions in the book follow in general the order of the main divisions of the Critique, from the Introduction to the end of the Analytic; the only significant displacement is of the chapter on Phenomena and Noumena, which is briefly alluded to at a fairly early stage. But Kant's Analytic is far from being a section-by-section commentary. Rather, it consists of two clearly distinguishable things, one a unity, the other a plurality. There is, first, a single main line of argument concerned with the limiting conditions on anything which we could conceive of as a possible experience. Second, there is a series of discussions of issues raised in, or suggested by, the text — discussions which are more or less detachable from the main line of argument and more or less independent of each other. The discussions range over a great variety of topics: the analytic-synthetic distinction; the nature of geometry; the possession, acquisition, and application of general concepts; the unity of space; the distinction between ‘formal’ and ‘material’ concepts; the dispensability of definite singular terms; the analysis of the notion of causal necessity; the distinction between intensive and extensive magnitudes; the notion of continuity of sensation, time, and change; the private-language argument; and many others.

Keywords: Bennett; Kant; book review; Kant's Analytic; plurality; formal; material

Chapter.  3704 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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