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Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, February 26, 1997: Rational Psychology The negative part of the Critique , which contains the criticism of pure reason promised in the title of the book, is the Transcendental Dialectic, whose task is to expose "transcendental illusion" fostered by human reason. The illusion is natural and inevitable, according to Kant. It culminates in conflicts within reason itself; hence the title "dialectic." Reason is the source of transcendent principles. A principle is transcendent when it explicitly applies to objects which cannot be experienced, as opposed to immanent principles (those of the analytic), which are explicitly limited to empirical objects. These principles are concocted by reason in its effort to unify the principles of the understanding by completing them. They employ Ideas, concepts whose intended objects are, as it were, free-standing, and which provide a foundation for the objects of experience. The idea of the soul is that of the seat of all our representations; that of
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