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Chapter 6 - The Schematism of the Pure Understanding

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2020

Karin de Boer
Affiliation:
University of Leuven
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Chapter 6 seeks to establish that Kant’s account of the schematism of the pure understanding in the Critique of Pure Reason yields the same result as the transcendental deduction, but does so by approaching the question concerning the legitimate use of categories from the angle of time qua pure form of intuition. On my reading, Kant conceives of transcendental schemata and categories as different instances of the a priori rules that determine how the mind can unify a manifold at all. Since transcendental schemata present these rules as ways of unifying successive representations, they can be said to constitute the sensible condition of any a priori cognition of objects. I take Kant to argue that Wolffian metaphysics ought to use categories independently of this condition in order to establish itself as a purely intellectual discipline and, hence, that a priori judgments about the soul or God do not amount to cognitions of objects.

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Kant's Reform of Metaphysics
The <I>Critique of Pure Reason</I> Reconsidered
, pp. 163 - 190
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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