Moderate Conceptualism and Spatial Representation

In Dennis Schulting (ed.), Kantian Nonconceptualism. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 145-170 (2016)

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Thomas Land
Ryerson University
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In this paper I argue that Kant’s theory of spatial representation supports a Moderate Conceptualist view of his theory of intuition, according to which Kantian intuitions depend for their objective purport on actualizations of spontaneity in a particular kind of synthesis. In making the case for this I focus on three aspects of the theory of spatial representation: the distinction Kant draws between what he calls the original representation of space and the representations of determinate spaces; the doctrine of the productive imagination; and the related doctrine of the a priori determination of sensibility by understanding. I introduce Moderate Conceptualism, explain why these three aspects support it, and consider a number of objections.
Keywords Kant  Intuition  Conceptualism  Space  Synthesis
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