In this episode, we wrap up our extended focus on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason by coming full circle and looking at his view on personal identity, the topic of Episode 1 of this podcast. Recall, in that episode, we were introduced to David Hume's thoughts on the topic.
We begin Kant's famous Transcendental Deduction this episode, focusing first on what he called 'the threefold synthesis' of cognition.
Readings from Critique of Pure Reason [first edition], by Immanuel Kant:
1. ON THE SYNTHESIS OF APPREHENSION IN INTUITION 2. ON THE SYNTHESIS OF REPRODUCTION IN IMAGINATION 3. ON THE SYNTHESIS OF RECOGNITION IN THE CONCEPT
Is transcendental idealism philosophically inconsistent? Does Kant not fully get the love he should from the philosophy community because he seems to have violated one of his own doctrines?
In this episode, hopefully we nail down what it is that Kant means when he uses the term 'transcendental.' Also, the cognitive mechanism Kant calls 'synthesis' is introduced.
Readings from Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant:
(A56/B80) - General logic vs. transcendental logic
(A57/B82) - Brief but clear description of what transcendental logic is
(A58-59/B82-83) - A little about what truth is
(A77-79/B102-105) - Synthesis is introduced
Reading from A Treatise of Human Nature by...
A brief tangent from our survey of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, here we take a look at one of David Hume's unpopular discussions from A Treatise of Human Nature, namely his ideas on Space and infinite divisibility.
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