5 - Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes February 3 1997...

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Unformatted text preview: Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, February 3, 1997: Transcendental Deduction II G. J. Mattey In Section 20 of the Transcendental Deduction, Kant states that "the manifold in a given intuition is necessarily subject to the categories" (B143). The categories are pure concepts of the understanding. Their origin is a priori in the understanding itself, and they are concepts of objects in general. In the last lecture, it was stated that something is an object for us (in the fullest sense) only if it is brought under some concepts in a judgment. Kant is stating here that every object of experience is an object only in so far as it can be brought under the categories. On what grounds does he make that claim? In the last lecture, I began to describe what I think is a fairly straightforward argument. To think an object of experience is to represent it objectively, so that the concepts ascribed to it are more than merely the way it appears. To represent an object objectively one links concept and intuition than merely the way it appears....
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