On the Nature of Judgment in Kant’s Transcendental Logic

Idealistic Studies 40 (1-2):43-63 (2010)

Eric Wilson
Georgia State University
This essay explores Kant’s account of judging. In it, I argue for two central claims. First, Kant defines the act of judgment as the exercise of a particular type of authority. When a person makes a judgment, she makes a claim to speak for everyone, and not just herself. She puts something forward as true. Kant’s term for this discursive authority is “objectivity validity,” and he identifies this as the essential feature of judging. Second, the Categories and the Principles are what authorize a person to put something forward as true. This means that the objective validity of a judgment is supplied by the rules of the understanding rather than by something outside the mind.
Keywords Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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