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Is Logic Transcendental?

Peter Sullivan

in Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608553
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608553.003.0008
 						Is Logic Transcendental?

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On a common understanding of what it is for something to have a 'transcendental' status, namely, for it to be something that is inevitably presupposed in any questioning of it, it seems easy to argue that logic has this status. But reached in this way the conclusion is apt to seem unsatisfying, and not to secure for logic the universally authoritative standing we might hope for; more specifically, the conclusion seems to leave logic vulnerable to a relativist concern.  The chapter investigates whether the approach to transcendental argumentation developed by Mark Sacks in his Insight and Illusion, which incorporates a more demanding and more genuinely Kantian understanding of the transcendental, offers a way of resolving this relativist concern.

Keywords: Transcendental; philosophy of logic; relativism; Mark Sacks; inference to reality; universality

Chapter.  11261 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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