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Chapter 3 tackles the considerable exegetical difficulties posed by the antinomy of teleological judgment. Although the Dialectic of Teleological Judgment poses an antinomy between regulative maxims of reflective judgment, it also presents a conflict between would-be constitutive principles of determinative judgment. This fact has led a number of readers to conclude that the latter conflict is the antinomy of teleological judgment and the former is its resolution – Kant’s explicit claims to the contrary notwithstanding. The chapter argues that posing the conflict between would-be constitutive principles of determinative judgment is explained by the attempt to assimilate characteristic features of a dialectic, specifically the fact that it ensnares ordinary understanding. Building on the earlier discussion of the distinction between explanation and description, it further claims that the regulative maxims of reflective judgment do not contradict one another, even as they are first presented, but in fact essentially complement one another. The maxim of teleology governs the description or observation of organisms as self-organizing beings; the maxim of mechanism directs us to seek to explain their generation and the processes they undergo mechanistically, just as all other causal processes are to be explained.
Nouns head nominals, which head noun phrases (NPs). The most common NP functions are subject, object, and predicative complement. Nouns mostly inflect for number: singular or plural. Pronouns are a special subset of nouns which also inflect for case. A nominal includes a head noun and any internal dependents. Unlike most phrases, nominals can have adjective-phrase modifiers, and NPs uniquely may have a constituent in determiner function.
Though it’s true that only nouns denote ‘people, places, and things’, they denote almost anything, including actions. Along with number, the semantic notion of definiteness and the count/non-count distinction affect the choice of determiner. Subject-verb agreement is also affected, for example, with measure expressions. Determiners are usually determinative phrases or genitive NPs. Nominals allow complements, usually preposition phrases. NPs also have a range of external dependents, including predeterminer modifiers. Determiners and modifiers may function as fused heads, in which case, the NP may not actually include a noun. The pronouns, including personal, relative, and interrogative types, have deictic and anaphoric uses and notably have gender.
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