A Transcendental Deduction for <i>A Priori</i> Concepts

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
A Transcendental Deduction for A Priori Concepts

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Kant’s theory of the cognitive subject emerges in the course of the transcendental deduction—the argument for the legitimacy of the categories. This chapter answers some basic questions about the deduction: What is the nature of the argument? What are its premises and conclusions? It also suggests a way of understanding Kant’s arresting claim that cognition contains ‘a priori’ elements that arise in cognition through the activities of the mind.

Keywords: transcendental deduction; a priori; mental activities

Chapter.  8035 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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