XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

A Non-Embarrassing Account of the Modal Functions of Judgment

Timothy Rosenkoetter

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Beccaria
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 11 aprile 2010


This paper provides the foundations an interpretation that makes sense of the systematic role of the modal functions of judgment within the Metaphysical Deduction. It argues against a reading that is suggested by many of Kant’s remarks, according to which the three functions correspond to “It is possible that q,” “It is true that q,” and “It is necessary that q.” This and several other models are apparently circular, since the definitions of the functions that provide the origin of the modal categories make use of those very categories. This paper proposes an account that does not suffer from this circularity.