Synthesis: Why and How?

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
Synthesis: Why and How?

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The discussions of ‘apperception’ in the transcendental deduction make constant use of an unusual and—for Kant—crucial concept, that of the ‘synthesis’ or ‘combination’ of representations. This chapter considers why he thinks that the synthesis of representations is crucial to perception and to rational cognition of objects. It also considers how he thinks syntheses are carried out by the faculties of imagination and understanding.

Keywords: synthesis; combination; cognition of objects; imagination

Chapter.  8547 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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