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A Deduction from Apperception?

A Deduction from Apperception?
A Deduction from Apperception?
I discuss three elements of Dennis Schulting’s new book on the transcendental deduction of the pure concepts of the understanding, or categories. First, that Schulting gives a detailed account of the role of each individual category. Second, Schulting’s insistence that the categories nevertheless apply ‘en bloc’. Third, Schulting’s defence of Kant’s so-called reciprocity thesis that subjective unity of consciousness and objectivity in the sense of cognition’s objective purport are necessary conditions for the possibility of one another. I endorse these fascinating but unfashionable claims and sketch my own version of what they amount to, which is quite different to Schulting’s own construal. I point to some fundamental limitations and problems for Schulting’s position and argue that his project needs to be reshaped or at least reconceived in the face of them. Even if Schulting’s argument is sound, it does not provide a deduction, properly speaking, of the categories.
Kant, Schulting, Deduction, apperception, categories, objectivity, experience
1518-403X
77-86
Stephenson, Andrew
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Stephenson, Andrew
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Stephenson, Andrew (2014) A Deduction from Apperception? Studia Kantiana, 27, 77-86. (doi:10.1400/230670).

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I discuss three elements of Dennis Schulting’s new book on the transcendental deduction of the pure concepts of the understanding, or categories. First, that Schulting gives a detailed account of the role of each individual category. Second, Schulting’s insistence that the categories nevertheless apply ‘en bloc’. Third, Schulting’s defence of Kant’s so-called reciprocity thesis that subjective unity of consciousness and objectivity in the sense of cognition’s objective purport are necessary conditions for the possibility of one another. I endorse these fascinating but unfashionable claims and sketch my own version of what they amount to, which is quite different to Schulting’s own construal. I point to some fundamental limitations and problems for Schulting’s position and argue that his project needs to be reshaped or at least reconceived in the face of them. Even if Schulting’s argument is sound, it does not provide a deduction, properly speaking, of the categories.

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Published date: 2014
Keywords: Kant, Schulting, Deduction, apperception, categories, objectivity, experience

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Local EPrints ID: 417835
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417835
ISSN: 1518-403X
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ORCID for Andrew Stephenson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4590-1307

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