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Critique of Pure Reason Lecture notes, February 3, 1997: Transcendental Deduction II 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
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Unformatted text preview: objectively one links concept and intuition in a judgment, with the copula 'is' signifying unity in the object. Any such judgment is subject to the forms of judgment . A category is a form of judgment, so far as the judgment is used to determine an object, that is, to specify its properties. So all objective representation falls under categories. But this is not the course taken by Kant's argument, which makes central the unity of apperception. It is clear enough that the act of judgment is a synthetic act, and that synthesis must take place in one consciousness. If the subject, predicate and copula were to be found in three different consciousnesses, there would be no judgment at all. We might also grant that for judgment to be possible, the judger must be able to assign the components of the judgment to a consciousness of the self. This is the analytic proposition that stands behind all concepts of combination....
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