6 Kant’s Transcendental Deduction of The Categories

Professor Dan Robinson gives the sixth lecture in this series on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Empiricists have no explanation for how we move from “mere forms of thought” to objective concepts. The conditions necessary for the knowledge of an object require a priori categories as the enabling conditions of all human understanding.

It remains a matter of controversy as to just what the central project of the Critique is, but surely one objective is to establish the character and range of objective knowledge in light of the limits of sense and reason. The lectures in this series are intended to clarify the major claims advanced by Kant in this connection, and to test the arguments he adduces in their support.

This series of talks was given at Oxford.

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