Empirical Cognition in the Transcendental Deduction: Kant’s Starting Point and his Humean Problem

Kantian Review 21 (3):437-463 (2016)
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In this paper, I argue that in the sense of greatest epistemological concern for Kant, empirical cognition is “rational sensory discrimination”: the identification or differentiation of sensory objects from each other, occurring through a capacity to become aware of and express judgments. With this account of empirical cognition, I show how the transcendental deduction of the first Critique is most plausibly read as having as its fundamental assumption the thesis that we have empirical cognition, and I provide evidence that Kant understood Hume as granting this assumption.

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Curtis Sommerlatte
Indiana University, Bloomington (PhD)

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