Are Kant’s Categories Subjective?

Review of Metaphysics 55 (3):551-580 (2002)
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Argues that there is a significant respect in which Kant's categories are to be understood as subjective, namely, in the sense that they are to be understood as the self-legislated rules of our understanding. Argues that the subjectivism of Kant's idealism, by which is meant the relativization of knowledge of objects to our standpoint, is a consequence of the subjectivity of the categories, on this interpretation of their subjectivity. On the reading opposed here, Kant's subjectivism is strictly a consequence of the ideality or subjectivity of our distinctive forms of intuition, space and time



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