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Philosophische Zeitschrift der Kant-Gesellschaft

Ed. by Baum, Manfred / Dörflinger, Bernd / Klemme, Heiner F.

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Volume 105, Issue 1


Kant on the Unity of Space and the Synthetic Unity of Apperception

James Messina
Published Online: 2014-04-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kant-2014-0002

Abstract: In the Transcendental Aesthetic, Kant famously characterizes space as a unity, understood as an essentially singular whole. He further develops his account of the unity of space in the B-Deduction, where he relates the unity of space to the original synthetic unity of apperception, and draws an infamous distinction between form of intuition and formal intuition. Kant’s cryptic remarks in this part of the Critique have given rise to two widespread and diametrically opposed readings, which I call the Synthesis and Brute Given Readings. I argue for an entirely new reading, which I call the Part-Whole Reading, in part by considering the development of Kant’s views on the unity of space from his earliest works up through crucial reflections written during the silent decade.

: space; synthesis; unity; formal intuition

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Published Online: 2014-04-01

Published in Print: 2014-04-01

Citation Information: Kant-Studien, Volume 105, Issue 1, Pages 5–40, ISSN (Online) 1613-1134, ISSN (Print) 0022-8877, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kant-2014-0002.

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