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Kant's Anatomy of the Intelligent Mind$
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Wayne Waxman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328314.001.0001

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The Psychological A Priori

The Psychological A Priori

(p.23) 1 The Psychological A Priori
Kant's Anatomy of the Intelligent Mind

Waxman Wayne

Oxford University Press

This is the first of two introductory chapters that recapitulate and recontextualize the main results of the four-chapter General Introduction to Kant and the Empiricists. It was argued there that the seemingly huge differences that distinguish Kant from the British empiricists are the result of what is, at its root, a very slight divergence: Kant identified a source of representational content in the mind that neither Hume nor anyone before him had ever thought of, basing his psychological philosophy on a doctrine of representations that are at once sensible and pure (i.e., in no respect empirical). Chapter 1 provides a preliminary textual tour intended to convince readers that there is indeed something in Kant’s treatment of the understanding in the Transcendental Analytic of the Critique of Pure Reason that can and should be construed as the “psychological a priori.”

Keywords:   1. transcendental philosophy, 2. psychology, 3. a priori, 4. sensibility, 5. metaphysics, 6. imagination, 7. self-consciousness, 8. apperception, 9. spontaneity

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