Kant and the Structure of Cognition

Christian Kerslake

in Immanence and the Vertigo of Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635900
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671823 | DOI:
Kant and the Structure of Cognition

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This chapter explains the decisive points of Immanuel Kant's theory of cognition in the light of Gilles Deleuze's interpretation. In the Critique of Pure Reason, the logic/reality distinction undergoes a further diversification, starting from the moves made in the ‘Dissertation’. It is shown that Kant's distinction relies on getting right the parallel distinction between the rights and limits of the understanding and sensibility. He highlights the application of concepts, while suppressing the formation of concepts in the Critique of Pure Reason. The Ideas should not immediately be seen as responding to the ‘law of reason to seek unity’. Kant's tendency to push issues of metacritique on to teleology leads in a startling dénouement in Deleuze's philosophy. Deleuze places himself in the same metaphysical zones that Kant ultimately occupies; but Deleuze's return to Leibnizian and Spinozist issues is ultimately more consistent than Kant's actual resolution of the problems presented.

Keywords: cognition; Immanuel Kant; Gilles Deleuze; Critique of Pure Reason; Ideas; philosophy; logic; reality

Chapter.  18847 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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