Kant’s Transcendental Deduction: An Analytical-Historical Commentary by Henry E. Allison

Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3):507-508 (2016)
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This is a monumental study of the transcendental deduction—that argument of legendary obscurity lying at the heart of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Allison begins from the methodological precept that “Kant’s argument can best be understood in light of the internal development of his thought”, and his book thus provides a systematic historical account of the deduction and its emergence from earlier texts. It begins with two chapters on the major pre-critical writings, which trace the emergence of Kant’s “methodological” concerns with the limits and possibilities of metaphysical theorizing. However, this concern...



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