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Kant as Both Conceptualist and Nonconceptualist

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-391
JournalKantian Review
Issue number3
Early online date25 Oct 2016
Accepted/In press7 Jul 2015
E-pub ahead of print25 Oct 2016
PublishedNov 2016


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This article advances a new account of Kant’s views on conceptualism. On the one hand, I argue that Kant was a nonconceptualist. On the other hand, my approach accommodates many motivations underlying the conceptualist reading of his work: for example, it is fully compatible with the success of the Transcendental Deduction. I motivate my view by providing a new analysis of both Kant’s theory of perception and of the role of categorical synthesis: I look in particular at the categories of quantity. Locating my interpretation in relation to recent research by Allais, Ginsborg, Tolley and others, I argue that it offers an attractive compromise on this important theoretical and exegetical issue.

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