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Summary Though Kant does not devote a separate text to the philosophical analysis of language, he does discuss language, communication, and meaning at several key points in his major writings.  What is more, Kant's theory of concepts and his related distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments have both been deeply influential upon subsequent developments in philosophy of language across many different traditions.
Key works Discussions of language and meaning can be found in the Doctrine of Method in the Critique of Pure Reason, scattered throughout the later Critique of the Power of Judgment, as well as in his Anthropology.  There are also discussions of our capacity to engage with language and signs in his lectures on metaphysics.  The most well-known discussions of the distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments can also be found in the Critique of Pure Reason, as well as in the Prolegomena and in other writings collected in Kant 2002.
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  1. Not Those Who "All Speak with Pictures": Kant on Linguistic Abilities and Human Progress.Huaping Lu-Adler - forthcoming - In Luigi Filieri & Konstantin Pollok (eds.), Kant on Language. Cambridge University Press.
    Kant ascribes two radically different kinds of language—symbolic or pictorial (qua intuitive) and discursive languages—to the “Oriental” and “Occidental” peoples respectively. By his analysis, having a merely symbolic language suggests that the “Orientals” lack understanding—and hence the ability to form concepts and think in abstracto—as well as genius and spirit. Meanwhile, he establishes discursive language as a sine qua non of the continued progress of humanity, primarily because only by means of words—as opposed to symbols—can one think (not just intuit), (...)
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  2. Kant on Language and the (Self-)Development of Reason.Huaping Lu-Adler - forthcoming - Kant Yearbook.
    The origin of languages was a hotly debated topic in the eighteenth century. This paper reconstructs a distinctively Kantian account according to which the origination, progression, and diversification of languages is at bottom reason’s self-development under certain a priori constraints and external environments. The reconstruction builds on three sets of materials. The first is Herder’s famous prize essay on the origin of languages. The second includes Kant’s explicit remarks about language—especially his notion of “transcendental grammar,” his argument that language cannot (...)
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  3. Kant, I Think, and the Question of Self-Identification.Luca Forgione - 2021 - Studi Filosofici 44.
    The of aim of this paper is to enquire about some theoretical aspects of Kant’s philosophy that are connected to the representation ‘I’ and the question of self-identification in self-consciousness. The subjective capacity to represent itself through the representation ‘I’ will be articulated on the basis of the structure the so-called de se or I-thoughts developed by Perry and Recanati. In this regard, a contrast between Longuenesse’s view and my approach on self-identification and the different uses of I as subject (...)
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  4. Toward a Reassessment of Kant’s Notion of Rhetoric. On Kant’s Theory and Practice of Popularity According to Ercolini and Santos.Roberta Pasquarè - 2020 - Studia Kantiana 2 (18):109-119.
    According to a common misconception, Kant rejects rhetoric as worthy of no respect and neglects popularity as a dispensable accessory. Two recent publications on the communicative dimension of Kant’s conception and practice of philosophy represent a very solid rebuttal of such criticism. The books in question are Kant’s Philosophy of Communication by G. L. Ercolini and A linguagem em Kant. A linguagem de Kant edited by Monique Hulshof and Ubirajara Rancan de Azevedo Marques, especially in light of the long chapter (...)
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  5. Oxford Handbook of Kant.Andrew Stephenson & Anil Gomes (eds.) - forthcoming - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  6. Kant on de Se.Luca Forgione - 2018 - In Violetta Waibel, Margit Ruffing & David Wagner (eds.), Natur und Freiheit: Akten des XII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses. Berlino, Germania: De Gruyter. pp. 3779-3786.
    Since the classic works by Castañeda, Perry and Lewis, de se thoughts have been described as thoughts about oneself ‘as oneself’. In recent years, various theoretical perspectives have gained ground, and even if the transcendental system does not seem to contemplate an explicit articulation of de se thoughts, apparently a few features of transcendental apperception and I think do anticipate a few points in Perry and Recanati’s claims on the so-called implicit de se thoughts in the specific terms of Transcendentalism.
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  7. Frank Schalow and Richard Velkley , The Linguistic Dimension of Kant’s Thought: Historical and Critical Essays Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014 Pp. 344 ISBN 978-0-8101-2996-2. [REVIEW]Kristi Sweet - 2019 - Kantian Review 24 (1):153-157.
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  8. Kant, the Transcendental Designation of I, and the Direct Reference Theory.Luca Forgione - 2019 - Theoria : An International Journal for Theory, History and Fundations of Science 34 (1): 31-49.
    The aim of this paper is to address the semantic issue of the nature of the representation I and of the transcendental designation, i.e., the self-referential apparatus involved in transcendental apperception. The I think, the bare or empty representation I, is the representational vehicle of the concept of transcendental subject; as such, it is a simple representation. The awareness of oneself as thinking is only expressed by the I: the intellectual representation which performs a referential function of the spontaneity of (...)
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  9. Kant and the Problem of Self-Knowledge.Luca Forgione - 2018 - New York, Stati Uniti: Routledge.
    This book addresses the problem of self-knowledge in Kant’s philosophy. As Kant writes in his major works of the critical period, it is due to the simple and empty representation ‘I think’ that the subject’s capacity for self-consciousness enables the subject to represent its own mental dimension. This book articulates Kant’s theory of self-knowledge on the basis of the following three philosophical problems: 1) a semantic problem regarding the type of reference of the representation ‘I’; 2) an epistemic problem regarding (...)
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  10. Transzendentalphilosophie als Deutungstheorie? Eine Auseinandersetzung mit der "Einführung in die Erkenntnistheorie" von Gerold Prauss. [REVIEW]P. Rohs - 1981 - Kant Studien 72 (3):360.
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  11. Kausalität und singuläre Referenz: Eine sprachphilosophische Rekons-truktion des empirischen Realismus bei Kant.von Truls Wyller - 1997 - Kant Studien 88 (1):1-15.
  12. Über den Sinn der Worte, "Bedeutung" und "Gegenstand".G. Korth - 1963 - Kant Studien 54 (2):198.
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  13. R. Aschenberg, Sprachanalyse Und Transzendentalphilosophie. [REVIEW]W. Hogrebe - 1984 - Kant Studien 75 (2):248.
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  14. J.-L. Galay, Philosophie Et Invention Textuelle. Essai Sur la Poétique d'Un Texte Kantien. [REVIEW]J. J. Wunenburger - 1984 - Kant Studien 75 (2):250.
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  15. Kant’s Theory of Concepts.Richard E. Aquila - 1974 - Kant Studien 65 (1):1.
  16. Wie sind analytische Sätze a priori möglich? , Die analytischen Sätze und die Grundlagen der Wissenschaft).D. J. Schulz - 1967 - Kant Studien 58 (4):499.
  17. Discussion: Kant's First Critique.H. J. Paton - 1956 - Philosophical Quarterly 6 (24):260.
  18. Ayers Kritik an Kants Definition Analytischer Urteile. Marksiebel - 2014 - Kant Studien 105 (2):196-220.
  19. Critique of Pure Reason and Language: Concerning the Problem of Categories in Kant.Manfred Riedel - 1983 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 9 (2):33-46.
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  20. The Semantic Tradition From Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station. [REVIEW]Reinhardt Grossmann - 1993 - International Studies in Philosophy 25 (3):109-111.
  21. Is Hypothetical Reason a Precursor to Reflective Judgment?Suma Rajiva - 2006 - Kant Studien 97 (1):114-126.
    Introduction Kant develops a positive though regulative role for reason toward the end of the Dialectic of the Critique of Pure Reason, particularly in the Appendix to the Dialectic. In the opening section, “The Regulative Employment of the Ideas of Pure Reason”, he provides us with an account of how these ideas can unify the understanding in its employment, although only regulatively. Part of this account includes a discussion of the hypothetical use of reason, in which one inspects a group (...)
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  22. Chapter 6 – Kant’s Referential Ambiguity.Robert Greenberg - 2008 - In Real Existence, Ideal Necessity: Kant's Compromise, and the Modalities Without the Compromise. Walter de Gruyter.
  23. Donald P. Verene: The Origins of the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms. Kant, Hegel, and Cassirer. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2012. 142 Seiten. ISBN 978-0-8101-2778-4. [REVIEW]Daniel Leserre - 2016 - Kant Studien 107 (2):420-423.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Kant-Studien Jahrgang: 107 Heft: 2 Seiten: 420-423.
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  24. Vagueness, Kant and Topology: A Study of Formal Epistemology.Giovanni Boniolo & Silvio Valentini - 2008 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 37 (2):141-168.
    In this paper we propose an approach to vagueness characterised by two features. The first one is philosophical: we move along a Kantian path emphasizing the knowing subject’s conceptual apparatus. The second one is formal: to face vagueness, and our philosophical view on it, we propose to use topology and formal topology. We show that the Kantian and the topological features joined together allow us an atypical, but promising, way of considering vagueness.
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  25. Kant und die philosophische Hermeneutik.H. -G. Gadamer - 1975 - Kant Studien 66 (1-4):395.
  26. Untersuchungen zur Sprache Kants.Wolfgang Klein - 1975 - Kant Studien 66 (1-4):147.
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  27. Kant and Wittgenstein: Philosophy, Necessity and Representation.Hans-Johann Glock - 1997 - Humana Mente 5 (2):285-305.
    Several authors have detected profound analogies between Kant and Wittgenstein. Their claims have been contradicted by scholars, such being the agreed penalty for attributions to authorities. Many of the alleged similarities have either been left unsubstantiated at a detailed exegetical level, or have been confined to highly general points. At the same time, the 'scholarly' backlash has tended to ignore the importance of some of these general points, or has focused on very specific issues or purely terminological matters. To advance (...)
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  28. The Immanent Word: The Turn to Language in German Philosophy, 1759–1801.Katie Terezakis - 2007 - Routledge.
    _The Immanent Word_ establishes that the philosophical study of language inaugurated in the 1759 works of Hamann and Lessing marks a paradigm shift in modern philosophy; it analyzes the transformation of that shift in works of Herder, Kant, Fichte, Novalis and Schlegel. It contends that recent studies of early linguistic philosophy obscure the most relevant commission of its thinkers, arguing against the theological appropriation of Hamann by John Milbank; against the "expressive" appropriation of Hamann and Herder by Christina Lafont and (...)
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  29. Parler du tout, parler de rien: L’inconsistance de toute cosmologie rationnelle et la quatrième antinomie de la raison pure.Antoine Grandjean - 2015 - Kant Studien 106 (4):581-595.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Kant-Studien Jahrgang: 106 Heft: 4 Seiten: 581-595.
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  30. Scott R. Stroud, Kant and the Promise of Rhetoric University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014 Pp. 288 ISBN 9780271064192 $79.95. [REVIEW]Samuel Stoner - 2015 - Kantian Review 20 (3):497-501.
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  31. W. Hogrebe, Kant und das Problem einer transzendentalen Semantik. [REVIEW]J. Simon - 1975 - Kant Studien 66 (1-4).
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  32. Sprachkritik Bei Kant, Hegel Und Nietzsche.Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer - 2006 - In Renate Reschke, Oliver Immel, Andreas Hütig & Konstantin Broese (eds.), Vernunft der Aufklärung - Aufklärung der Vernunft. Akademie Verlag. pp. 165-176.
  33. 1. From "Clothing" to "Organ of Reason": An Essay on the Theories of Metaphor in German Philosophy in the Age of Enlightenment.Tanehisa Otabe - 1995 - In Zdravko Radman (ed.), From a Metaphorical Point of View: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Cognitive Content of Metaphor. De Gruyter. pp. 7-26.
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  34. J. Alberto Coffa, "The Semantic Tradition From Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station".James Levine - 1993 - Humana Mente:111.
  35. George A. Schrader, Some Questions on Kant.Gordon H. Clark - 1952 - Review of Metaphysics 5 (3):473.
  36. J. Villers: Kant Und Das Problem Der Sprache. [REVIEW]Detlef Thiel - 2002 - Kant Studien 93 (4):541-544.
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  37. Ludwig Benedict Tredes Forgotten Necessary Grammar.Jan Westerhoff - 2003 - Kant Studien 94 (3):333-351.
    This paper discusses a nowadays completely forgotten 18th century attempt of constructing an artificial universal language in a Kantian framework. I give a brief sketch of this language and then address the continuing philosophical significance of the project, focusing in particular on the notions of predication and the copula and on the problem of psychologism.
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  38. Kühn, Emil, Kants Prolegomena in sprachlicher Hinsicht. [REVIEW]Emil Kraus - 1918 - Kant Studien 22:143.
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  39. P. L. Oesterreich: Das Gelehrte Absolute. Metaphysik Und Rhetorik Bei Kant, Fichte Und Schelling. [REVIEW]Riccardo Pozzo - 2001 - Kant Studien 92 (2):241-243.
  40. Poetic Legislations of Freedom: The Uncertain Sovereignty of Literary Language After Kant.Jan Mieszkowski - 1998 - Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    Through a study of the poetic and poetological projects that arise in the wake of Kant's doctrine of freedom, this dissertation works towards a reconceptualization of the ethical and historical dimensions of literary language. The analyses of linguistic autonomy and spontaneity provide a new perspective on the status of self-legislation within Idealist paradigms of reference and signification, facilitating a better understanding of literary criticism's contribution to a progressive politics. ;Chapter 1 explores Friedrich Schlegel's notion of the interesting in the context (...)
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  41. Kant's Theory of Reference.Richard Andrew Smyth - 1961 - Dissertation, Indiana University
  42. Kant I Problemy Lingvistiki Filosofskogo Teksta.I. D. Kopëtìsev - 1993 - Kaliningradskiæi Gos. Universitet.
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  43. Reduction and Description: From Kant to Husserl / Reduction Et Description : De Kant a Husserl.Virgil Ciomos - 2010 - Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai Philosophia 2.
    Resuming, for the very beginning, the thematic context in which Kant and then Husserl define the sense of the transcendental analytics, the author stops on the relation between description and reduction. He focuses on and monitors different analytical expressions of the description at the same time with different architectonic senses of reduction, insisting on the phenomenal, eidetic and thematic levels. In the center of his attention there are the architectonic characters from eidos ego to the transcendental ego, namely from the (...)
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  44. Teses Sobre o Estatuto Subjetivo Do Significar E Comunicar Em Kant E Nietzsche.André Luis Muniz Garcia - 2013 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 54 (128):349-366.
    O presente artigo tem por objetivo, na primeira parte, explorar algumas teses gerais apresentadas por recente pesquisa de Josef Simon acerca do estatuto da linguagem na filosofia de Kant, em especial no que tange ao modo de significar e comunicar presente nas reivindicações de verdade dos juízos. Em segundo lugar, pretende-se pontuar a crítica de Nietzsche a um modo de significar e comunicar ao qual denomina "gregário", contrapondo-o a uma comunicação e significação "individualizada". Como apontamos no final, a visada interlocução (...)
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  45. The Semantic Tradition From Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station by J. Alberto Coffa. [REVIEW]J. Levine - 1993 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 1 (1):111-118.
  46. Linguistic Analysis of Kant Dissertations.A. Pupi - 1991 - Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica 83 (1-2):189-195.
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  47. Whitehead and Kant on Presuppositions of Meaning.Jean Van der Veken - 1992 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 15 (4):275-285.
  48. What Makes Kant Kant, Various Efforts to Unearth Kant Ideas of Ultimate Reality and Meaning.C. Ess & Wb Gulick - 1994 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 17 (2):89-99.
  49. El lugar de la gramática en la filosofía crítica de Kant.D. O. Leserre - 2009 - Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofia 35 (1):85-111.
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  50. Why Kantian Symbols Cannot Be Kantian Metaphors.Stefan Forrester - 2012 - Southwest Philosophy Review 28 (2):107-127.
    There is some limited contemporary scholarship on the theory of metaphor Kant appears to provide in his Critique of Judgment. The dominant interpretations that have emerged of Kant’s somewhat nascent account of metaphors are what I refer to as the symbolist view, which states that Kantian symbols should be viewed as Kantian metaphors, and the aesthetic idea view, which holds that Kant defi ned metaphors as aesthetic ideas . In this essay, I claim that the symbolist view of Kantian metaphors (...)
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