Kant's Radical Subjectivism - Perspectives on the Transcendental Deduction
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In this book, Dennis Schulting presents a staunch defence of Kant’s radical subjectivism about the possibility of knowledge. This defence is mounted by means of a comprehensive analysis of what is arguably the centrepiece of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, namely, the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories. Radical subjectivism about the possibility of knowledge is to be understood as the thesis that the possibility of knowledge of objects essentially and wholly depends on subjective functions of thought, or the capacity to judge by virtue of transcendental apperception, given sensory input. Subjectivism thus defined is not about merely the necessary conditions of knowledge, but nor is it claimed that it grounds the very existence of things.
Novel interpretations are provided of such central themes as the objective unity of apperception, the threefold synthesis, judgement, truth and objective validity, spontaneity in judgement, figurative synthesis and spatial unity, nonconceptual content, idealism and the thing in itself, and material synthesis. One chapter is dedicated to the interpretation of the Deduction by Kant’s most prominent successor, G.W.F. Hegel, and throughout Schulting critically engages with the work of contemporary readers of Kant such as Lucy Allais, Robert Hanna, John McDowell, Robert Pippin, and James Van Cleve.
Engages critically with contemporary readers of Kant
Presents a detailed discussion of the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories
Offers comprehensive arguments within the framework of Kant’s radical subjectivism
Dennis Schulting is former Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and its History at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2004. He specialises in Kant and German Idealism, with a focus on issues in philosophy of mind, epistemology and metaphysics. He has published in journals such as the Philosophical Review, Kantian Review, Kant-Studien, Kant Yearbook, Studi kantiani, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte and the Hegel Bulletin, and has contributed essays to multiple book volumes. He is author of Kant
s Deduction and Apperception: Explaining the Categories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and editor of Kantian Nonconceptualism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).