Kant's Theory of A Priori Knowledge / Edition 1

Kant's Theory of A Priori Knowledge / Edition 1

by Robert Greenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271020830

ISBN-13: 9780271020839

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Penn State University Press

The prevailing interpretation of Kant’s First Critique in Anglo-American philosophy views his theory of a priori knowledge as basically a theory about the possibility of empirical knowledge (or experience), or the a priori conditions for that possibility (the representations of space and time and the categories). Instead, Robert Greenberg argues that

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The prevailing interpretation of Kant’s First Critique in Anglo-American philosophy views his theory of a priori knowledge as basically a theory about the possibility of empirical knowledge (or experience), or the a priori conditions for that possibility (the representations of space and time and the categories). Instead, Robert Greenberg argues that Kant is more fundamentally concerned with the possibility of a priori knowledge—the very possibility of the possibility of empirical knowledge in the first place.

Greenberg advances four central theses:(1) the Critique is primarily concerned about the possibility, or relation to objects, of a priori, not empirical knowledge, and Kant’s theory of that possibility is defensible; (2) Kant’s transcendental ontology must be distinct from the conditions of the possibility of a priori knowledge; (3) the functions of judgment, in Kant’s discussion of the Table of Judgments, should be seen according to his transcendental logic as having content, not as being just logical forms of judgment making; (4) Kant’s distinction between and connection of ordering relations (Verhaltnisse) and reference relations (Beziehungen) have to be kept in mind to avoid misunderstanding the Critique.

At every step of the way Greenberg contrasts his view with the major interpretations of Kant by commentators like Henry Allison, Jonathan Bennett, Paul Guyer, and Peter Strawson. Not only does this new approach to Kant present a strong challenge to these dominant interpretations, but by being more true to Kant’s own intent it holds promise for making better sense out of what have been seen as the First Critique’s discordant themes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271020839
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Introduction
1The Problem: The Possibility of A Priori Knowledge3
App. to Ch. 1Annotated Selected Bibliography of the Customary Interpretations of Kant's Ontology26
2Kant's External Realism31
3A Synopsis of the Solution to the Problem of A Priori Knowledge47
4A Model of Kant's Theory of Representation57
Pt. 2Transcendental Ontology
5Interpretation of Text; Theory and View77
6Monism or Dualism?89
7The Necessity of Kant's Idealism103
8Sensibility and the Understanding, Appearances and Things in Themselves125
Pt. 3Transcendental Logic
9The Content of Kant's Logical Functions of Judgment137
10Kant's Categories Reconsidered159
11Three Issues in Step One of the B-Deduction177
12Judgment, Consciousness, and the Categories193
13Perception and the Categories213
14The Transcendental Character of the Second Analogy237
Pt. 4Review
15Transcendental Epistemology257
Index271

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