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By D. Schulting

The booklet deals a thoroughgoing, analytic account of the Deduction of the types in Kant's Critique of natural cause that's diverse from current interpretations in no less than one vital point: its important declare is that the kinds are derivable from the primary of apperception.

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For example, ‘judgment [is] the mediating element between, on the one hand, the original synthetic unity of apperception’ ‘as producing the synthesis of the manifold of sensible intuitions’, and, on the other, ‘the objective unity of apperception’ ‘as relating the synthesis to objects’; or, judgment is ‘the form of conceptual universality, or the “analytic unity of consciousness”, [which] is the means by which (synthetic) objective unity of consciousness is realized in judgment’ (1998: 105–6), suggesting that judgment is merely the analytic relation between the predicates and not also the transcendental content which is the result of the very synthetic act of judging (in conformity with the Leitfaden, Longuenesse’s account of which is otherwise illuminating and one I am in broad agreement with).

In §20 of the B-Deduction, Kant clearly refers to the first part of TD as a ‘proof’ (B145). 14 In the introductory section of the ‘System of the Principles of the Understanding’ at A161–2 = B201, Kant makes a distinction between the ‘intuitive certainty’, ‘as regards their evidential force [Evidenz]’, of the mathematical principles (not: principles of mathematics) as opposed to the ‘merely discursive certainty’ of the dynamical principles, ‘even while we recognise that the certainty is in both cases complete [obzwar 26 Kant’s Deduction and Apperception beiderseits einer völligen Gewißheit fähig sind ]’ (trans.

Again the language is striking here, as if some conative striving is involved in the reproductively associated representations themselves, which links them intrinsically to judgment. I believe that this view would not be endorsed by Kant; nor is there any reasoning in the text of TD that could evidence a reading that argues that representations themselves necessarily entail their being connected, through a certain a priori rule-governing, such that they form, potentially, objective, determinative judgments; or indeed, that there would be ‘subjective predispositions [eingepflanzte Anlagen] for thinking, implanted in us along with our existence [ ...

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