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Unformatted text preview: apperception must be a unity. Thus, Kant claims, there is a unity of apperception underlying all acts of combination which I can call my own. This unity he calls "transcendental" because it is the ground for a priori cognition of objects (though we have not yet seen how it is so). The link with categories is that any unity in the pure concepts of understanding is subject to a "higher" or "original" unity, that of apperception. "It is the unity of consciousness that alone constitutes the relation of representations to an object, and therefore their objective validity and the fact that they are cognitions; and upon it therefore rests the very possibility of the understanding" (B137). How the unity of consciousness "constitutes" the relation of representations to an object, and hence supports the objective validity of the categories, becomes the primary task of the Transcendental Deduction....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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