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Empirical Psychology in Tetens and Kant

Empirical Psychology in Tetens and Kant

(p.110) Six Empirical Psychology in Tetens and Kant
Kant’s Organicism
Jennifer Mensch
University of Chicago Press

This chapter acknowledges the absence of any evidence, in either Kant’s notes or in his lectures, of the important role that would be later assigned to the transcendental imagination in reconstructing Kant’s path toward the Critique of Pure Reason. Once this absence has been noted, J. N. Tetens’ Philosophical Essays on Human Nature and Its Development is typically singled out as the likely resource for Kant’s subsequent discussion of the imagination. Tetens has almost invariably been characterized as an eclectic, and like Lambert, he was interested in mediating between the positions that had been established by Locke and Leibniz—between an acceptance of Locke’s position regarding the matter of cognition and the need, with Leibniz, to discover the universal basis of conceptual form.

Keywords:   transcendental imagination, J. N. Tetens, lambert, locke, leibniz, cognition, conceptual form

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