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The central role of cognition in Kant's transcendental deduction

<p> I argue that Kant&rsquo;s primary epistemological concern in the <i> Critique of Pure Reason</i>&rsquo;s transcendental deduction is empirical cognition. I show how empirical cognition is best understood as &ldquo;rational sensory discrimination&rdquo;: the capacity to discriminate sensory objects through the use of concepts and with a sensitivity to the normativity of reasons. My dissertation focuses on Kant&rsquo;s starting assumption of the transcendental deduction, which I argue to be the thesis that we have empirical cognition. I then show how Kant&rsquo;s own subjective deduction fleshes out his conception of empirical cognition and is intertwined with key steps in the transcendental deduction&rsquo;s arguments that the categories have objective validity and that we have synthetic a priori cognition.</p>
Date28 June 2016
CreatorsSommerlatte, Curtis
PublisherIndiana University
Detected LanguageEnglish

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