XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Solving the Triviality Problem in the B-Edition Transcendental Deduction

Tom Vinci

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Rousseau
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


The Triviality Problem in the B-Deduction is that Kant appears to say at the end of the first part that all sensible intuitions are subject to the categories and then to announce at the beginning of the second part that a major task remains – that of showing that empirical intuitions are subject to the categories. Unless the class of empirical intuitions is disjoint from the class of sensible intuitions, no major task in fact remains, contradicting Kant’s claim. I argue, appearances to the contrary, that the two classes are disjoint not by claiming that the first class are unified and the latter not (Henrich, 1969), but by identifying a distinction between sensible intuitions which have only the form but not the matter of sensibility (“intuitions in general”) and sensible intuitions that have both (empirical intuitions”).