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  • Print publication year: 2005
  • Online publication date: July 2009

2 - Notes on Logic


This chapter presents notes drawn from Volume XVI of the Akademie edition, edited by Erich Adickes and originally published in 1914. As Adickes reports (16:v), these notes were drawn from Kant's interleaved copy of Georg Friedrich Meier's Auszug aus der Vernunftlehre (Halle: Johann Justinus Gebauer, 1752), the textbook for Kant's logic lectures (Meier's textbook is reproduced in volume XVI). Adickes provides the page and, after the Introduction, the numbered section in Meier's textbook to which Kant's notes were appended. Those will be provided here with the abbreviation “V” followed by the page and, when given, section number. We present here only a small selection of the almost two thousand notes that Adickes transcribed. Many of these notes are very brief comments on Meier's paragraphs, reminders to Kant of what he wanted to say in his lecture, examples he might use, and so on, and are uninformative or of little interest by themselves; others are paralleled by more extensive passages in Kant's lectures on logic, a selection of which has been published in the Cambridge edition as Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Logic, edited and translated by J. Michael Young (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Although compact, Meier's textbook covered topics well beyond what one would find in a modern logic textbook. He covered the traditional topics of concepts, judgments, and inferences, the trichotomy around which logic books from the middle ages through the eighteenth century were organized and which lived on in the organization of the Critique of Pure Reason and beyond, for example, in the structure of Hegel's Science of Logic.