Meat on the Bones: Kant's Account of Cognition in the Anthropology Lectures

In Alix Cohen (ed.), Kant's Lectures on Anthropology: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press. pp. 57-75 (2014)

Tim Jankowiak
Towson University
This chapter describes Immanuel Kant's conception of anthropology and the most basic distinctions he draws when invoking faculties throughout the anthropology transcripts. It explains Kant's account of the objective senses (hearing, sight, and touch), and shows that the sensory material provided by these senses are empirical conditions of experience that supplement the a priori conditions articulated in the Critique of Pure Reason. The chapter also describes some of the central details of Kant's account of the imagination, focusing on his distinction between wit and the power of judgment and on the law of association he endorses. It outlines Kant's account of both the deficiencies of the mind and the perfection of cognition. By showing how the transcendental faculties are manifested at the level of actual, concrete experience, the anthropology transcripts can help to illuminate Kant's understanding of the operations and functions of the human mind.
Keywords Kant  sensation  imagination  empirical cognition  objective senses  anthropology transcripts  sensory matter
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