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Kant on Kant

Kant on Kant

(p.215) Chapter Three Kant on Kant
The Powers of Pure Reason
Alfredo Ferrarin
University of Chicago Press

Chapter 3 discusses why Kant is so confusing and misleading when he refers to his own works, especially the first Critique, which jeopardizes the importance of his points. It shows the unexpected plurivocity of Kant’s notions of knowledge and science, and questions the standard assumption that only a combination of intuition and concept constitutes a cognition. It continues by calling attention to the synthetic knowledge involved in transcendental philosophy and by analyzing the different meanings of metaphysics, critical philosophy, and transcendental philosophy in Kant’s works. The chapter shows how Kant relentlessly tends to recast the interrelation of faculties that together constitute reason. A good illustration of this shift is a comparative analysis of the A and B Prefaces to the first Critique. An even more telling shift is the redefinition of the role of ideas with regard to morality, freedom and the power of judgment up to the third Critique.

Keywords:   science and knowledge, metaphysics, critical philosophy, transcendental philosophy, Reason and the I, Prefaces to the first Critique, Copernican revolution, power of judgment, freedom, morality

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