London: Palgrave Macmillan (2021)

Dennis Schulting
University of Warwick (PhD)
The book addresses two main areas of Kant’s theoretical philosophy: the doctrine of transcendental idealism and various central aspects of the arguments from the Metaphysical and Transcendental Deductions, as well as the relation between the deduction argument and idealism. Among the topics covered are the nature of objective validity, the role and function of transcendental logic in relation to general or formal logic, the possibility of contradictory thoughts, the meaning of the Leitfaden at A79 and the unity of cognition, the two-steps-in-one-proof interpretation and categorial instantiation, categorial illusion, Strawson’s transcendental argument, the persistently perplexing question of the derivation of the categories, and the relation between apperception, objectivity, judgement, and idealism. With regard to idealism in particular, the focus is on the metaphysical two-aspect interpretation and its problems, on the merits and demerits of the controversial phenomenalist reading of Kant’s idealism, and on the topic of subjectivism and epistemic humility. In all of the aforementioned topics, the book presents wholly novel interpretations compared to the standard or mainstream interpretations.
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Phenomenalism, Conceivability, and Epistemic Humility

In Chap. 5, I discuss grounds for seeing P.F. Strawson’s conceivability argument as compatible with a benign form of phenomenalism that shows our epistemic humility with respect to knowledge of things in themselves. I also address the often held, but mistaken belief that on Kant’s view things in the... see more

Transcendental Idealism and Phenomenalism

In Chap. 4, I discuss the persisting spectre of phenomenalism. I consider two recent readings of Kant as a phenomenalist, in particular those by Lucy Allais and Emanuel Rutten. I believe Kant is indeed a phenomenalist, but I do not think his phenomenalism is a straightforward one, that is, amounting... see more

Transcendental Idealism and the Metaphysical Two-Aspect Interpretation

In Chap. 3 I address various topical issues surrounding Kant’s much misunderstood doctrine of idealism, especially problems concerning the current metaphysical two-aspect interpretation, in particular interpretations from Lucy Allais and Cord Friebe. Topics that are discussed are the methodological ... see more

Apperception, Objectivity, and Idealism

Chap. 2 can be seen as a capsule account of my interpretation of Kant’s argument in the Deduction and its relation to idealism, and thus serves as a good introduction to my general interpretative approach to that notorious difficult chapter of the Critique. As such, it forms a succinct preview of th... see more

A Last Remark on Objective Validity

I rehearse my thesis that Kant’s notion of objective validity should not be confused with the truth value of a judgement or with Kant’s notion of Allgemeingültigkeit. I provide additional textual evidence for reading objective validity in the way I have proposed, namely as having chiefly to do with ... see more

Transcendental Logic and the Logic of Thought

In Chap. 7, I reflect on the idea, hinted at by Kant in a footnote to §16 of the B-Deduction that is not often discussed , that transcendental logic is the ground of logic as a whole. This has important repercussions for the way we should see the role of transcendental logic with respect to the ques... see more

The Unity of Cognition, or, How to Read the Leitfaden

In Chap. 6, in the context of an expansive discussion of James Conant’s recent reading of the Deduction, I present my current, most detailed interpretation of the well-known Leitfaden passage at A79, which in my view has been misinterpreted by a host of prominent readers. The Leitfaden passage is cr... see more

Once More Unto the Breach: The Derivation of the Categories From a Principle

In Chap. 8, I revisit issues that have to do with Kant’s controversial claim that the table of categories is derived from a principle, which formed the basis for the account in my first book Kant’s Deduction From Apperception in which I made the case for the thesis that all of the twelve categories ... see more

Categorial Necessity and Categorial Illusion

In Chap. 9, I elucidate further my position on the two-step proof, and specifically what, in my view, it means for Kant to say that categories are necessarily instantiated in all of our determinative judgements solely in virtue of the act of transcendental apperception. In this context, I also addre... see more


In Chap. 1, I introduce the theme of the book and delineate the content of the following chapters. One of the central themes of this book is the idea that transcendental logic and transcendental idealism go together, and that the logic of thought that is the ground of possible knowledge of objects e... see more

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