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Published: 15 January 2015

264 Pages


ISBN: 9780199381166

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Space, Geometry, and Kant's Transcendental Deduction of the Categories

Thomas C. Vinci

  • Puts forward the claim that the purpose of the Transcendental Deductions (both of the concept of space and of the categories) is to present an argument for two forms of Kant's idealism and that the structure of said arguments is an inference to the best explanation for two correlated domains of evidence
  • Includes new defences of some out-of-favour interpretations, e.g. that not all forms of awareness are category-penetrated for Kant, and of the viability of Kant's Euclideanism about pure geometry in light of modern non-Euclideanism about physical geometry
  • Author's approach falls outside the somewhat narrow focus of Anglo-American Kant-scholarship on transcendental arguments and realism rather than on idealist metaphysics and cognitive theory