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Kant's transcendental imagination

Banham, Gary (2006) Kant's transcendental imagination. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1403916896

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Abstract

The interpretation of the central arguments of the Transcendental Analytic is the major question of Kantian scholarship and this work contributes an original acount of these arguments as based on an exposition of transcendental synthesis. The relationship between intuition, synthesis and concepts requires, Gary Banham argues, an analysis of the synthesis of imagination as this synthesis provides the only viable strategy for the deduction of pure concepts. It is further argued that this analysis of transcendental synthesis provides the key to the distinction between the mathematical and dynamical principles and the book culminates with a metaphysical reading of the argument of the Analogies. Taking seriously the contributions of analytic readers of the Critique, this work nonetheless departs from their conclusions by suggesting that the understanding of judgment and consciousness is dependent on the grasp of synthesis and concludes by arguing that Kant's work is a contribution to ontology.

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