: Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment

Henry E. Allison

in Essays on Kant

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199647033
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741166 | DOI:
: Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgment

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This essay analyzes the antinomy of the teleological power of judgment between the mechanistic and teleological principles in the third Critique. It focuses on three questions raised by Kant's account: (1) What does Kant understand by the “principle of mechanism”? (2) Given Kant's view that an antinomy consists in an unavoidable conflict between principles of reason, how could he claim that there is the appearance of one pertaining to the teleological power of judgment and that it stems from the confusion of a principle of reflective with one of the determinative power of judgment? (3) How is the reassignment of these principles from the determinative to the reflective power of judgment, which effectively gives them a merely regulative rather than a constitutive status, supposed to resolve the antinomy? By addressing these questions, the essay endeavors to provide a plausible reading of a highly controversial text.

Keywords: antinomy; constitutive; determinative; mechanism; reason; reflective; power of judgment; regulative; teleology; third Critique

Chapter.  7521 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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