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Kant’s Architectonic: System and Organism in the Critique of Pure Reason

Kant’s Architectonic: System and Organism in the Critique of Pure Reason

Chapter:
(p.125) Seven Kant’s Architectonic: System and Organism in the Critique of Pure Reason
Source:
Kant’s Organicism
Author(s):
Jennifer Mensch
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226022031.003.0008

This chapter discusses Kant’s transcendental deduction and its excessive obscurity—even as it was “this part of the Critique that should be the clearest, if the Kantian system is to afford complete conviction.” Kant, in responding to this charge, maintained his support for the deduction, explaining its difficulty as a defect owing only to “the manner of presentation and not the ground of explanation.” the author argues here that, in order to uncover this ground of explanation, one needs to begin with the final sections of the Critique of Pure Reason. These later sections show, especially in the case of the architectonic, the overriding importance of organic models for Kant’s conception of reason—an organicism that must remain in focus if the deduction is to be brought out from obscurity and the actual ground of its explanation revealed for what it is.

Keywords:   transcendental deduction, system, architectonic, organic models, reason, organicism

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