[SydPhil] Reminder: Katherine Dunlop, University of Texas @ Wed 5 Mar 2014 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Katherine Dunlop, University of Texas
Kant on "Transcendental" and Ordinary Logic

The Critique of Pure Reason is structured as an (eighteenth-century)  
treatise on logic.  In particular, the Categories are identified through  
their supposed correspondence with logically basic forms of judgment.  But  
while Kant claims logic abstracts from thought's content, i.e. its relation  
to an object, his own theory of cognition--which he designates  
"transcendental logic"--is supposed to concern "pure thinking of objects".   
To solve the puzzle of how Kant can regard his theory as a logic, I argue  
that the content thematized in transcendental logic is already presupposed  
in ordinary logic.  Like many other eighteenth-century thinkers, Kant  
conceives logic as rules for the use of mental faculties, and on his view  
the proper use of our understanding is to relate to objects (through  

On this interpretation, Kant's view is undeniably psychologistic.  As such  
it faces the classic objection that it wrongly narrows logic's scope, to  
things we can think about.  In particular, on this interpretation logic is  
inapplicable to things in themselves.  I argue that this consequence should  
be accepted: logical knowledge, as Kant conceives it, exceeds what we can  
claim about things in themselves.
When: Wed 5 Mar 2014 15:30 - 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Quadrangle
Calendar: Seminars
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