Kant and the Possibility of Uncategorized Experience

Idealistic Studies 19 (2):154-173 (1989)

Philip J. Kain
Santa Clara University
If it were possible to have organized experience without bringing the categories of the understanding into play, the Transcendental Deduction of the Critique of Pure Reason would be doomed to failure. In several places, however, Kant seems to admit that organized experience is, in fact, possible without the categories. The most important of these cases is that of aesthetic judgments--judgments of the beautiful and of the sublime--which clearly involve ordered experience and seem to occur without employing the categories. I argue that this contraction is merely apparent and I try to resolve it.
Keywords Kant  Critique of Pure Reason  Transcendental Deduction  experience
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DOI 10.5840/idstudies198919221
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