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Conclusion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 February 2020

Sofie Møller
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Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
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Beginning with Plato’s Republic, there is a long philosophical tradition of describing the mind as analogous to a state. The idea is that the lower cognitive faculties are governed and held in check by the higher faculties of which reason is the sovereign. This catalogue of analogies between reason and state is no doubt part of the tradition which Kant intends to evoke in the Critique of Pure Reason. Kant’s legal metaphors are in this sense not historically unique or innovative and he makes no such claim. What is different about Kant’s legal metaphors is that the lawfulness of reason provides the constitutive structure of experience. Because of this focus on lawfulness, the legal metaphors prevail over the political ones.

The legal metaphors give a tangible comprehension of reason. As symbolic hypotyposes, they give us an idea of what reason might look like.

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Kant's Tribunal of Reason
Legal Metaphor and Normativity in the <I>Critique of Pure Reason</I>
, pp. 170 - 173
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Conclusion
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.011
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  • Conclusion
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.011
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  • Conclusion
  • Sofie Møller, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Am Main
  • Book: Kant's Tribunal of Reason
  • Online publication: 24 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108682480.011
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