The Completion of the Subjective Deduction in the Deductions of the <i>Critique of Judgement</i>

Fiona Hughes

in Kant's Aesthetic Epistemology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748621224
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652327 | DOI:
The Completion of the Subjective Deduction in the Deductions of the Critique of Judgement

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This chapter argues that synthesis in process is best understood as the subjective side of the deduction, often referred to as subjective deduction. First, it discusses Immanuel Kant's distinction between subjective and objective deductions and insists that these are two sides of the deduction, rather than two separate deductions. The subjective side of the deduction is the cooperation of the faculties, or synthesis, necessary for any judgement. At this stage of his presentation, however, Kant is hesitant, although not entirely negative about the significance of the faculties for his epistemology. The chapter suggests that the positive presentation of the subjective deduction is provided in the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, and then considers Kant's claim that aesthetic judgement contributes to a non-sceptical epistemology by uncovering a principle of common sense. It also examines the degree to which Kant is successful in avoiding the conclusion that cognition is dependent on aesthetic judgement, and comments on Henry Allison's interpretation.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; synthesis; subjective deduction; critique; aesthetic judgement; Henry Allison; cognition; faculties; epistemology; common sense

Chapter.  16308 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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