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Kant on Contradiction, Conceptual Content, and the Ens Realissimum

  • Michael Oberst
From the journal Kant Yearbook


Kant assents to Leibniz’s claim that purely positive concepts cannot contradict each other. Albeit counter-intuitive, this claim is well-grounded in Kant’s views on contradiction and conceptual content. First, according to Kant, a contradiction only occurs if a predicate is affirmed and negated; second, all concepts except of those that pertain to God covertly contain negative marks. Although I shall argue that Kant’s account fails, it is still interesting in that it tackles an overlooked problem, namely how implicit contradictions are possible.

Published Online: 2018-10-22
Published in Print: 2018-10-22

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