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The Normativity of NatureEssays on Kant's Critique of Judgement$
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Hannah Ginsborg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547975.001.0001

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The Appearance of Spontaneity: Kant on Judgement and Empirical Self-Knowledge

The Appearance of Spontaneity: Kant on Judgement and Empirical Self-Knowledge

(p.202) Essay 9 The Appearance of Spontaneity: Kant on Judgement and Empirical Self-Knowledge
The Normativity of Nature

Hannah Ginsborg

Oxford University Press

This essay argues for the relevance of the third Critique’s faculty of judgement to the question, usually thought to be exhaustively treated by Kant in the first Critique, of the conditions of cognition. According to the argument of the essay, the first Critique explains the possibility of cognition only from the transcendental, not from the empirical, perspective: it treats the ‘I’ of apperception as if it were a disembodied locus of spontaneity, not itself a part of the objective world which it cognizes through its activity. But if the ‘I’ of apperception is to be able to identify itself with a particular human being in the world, it must be possible to make sense of its spontaneous activity from the empirical perspective, or as manifested in the world of appearance. The essay argues that that is the role of the faculty of judgement which Kant introduces in the third Critique.

Keywords:   apperception, empirical, self-consciousness, self-knowledge, spontaneity, transcendental

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