A transition from Kant's transcendental deduction to Fichte

Ka Cheong Chun

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In the paper, I discuss the nature of Kant's transcendental deduction in the first Critique. I highlight Kant's abstraction and synthesis arguments as accumulative to the apex of the transcendental deduction. However, the homogeneity of the transcendental object underlying both objects and the subject, as explained by Kant in the deduction and other parts of the first Critique, betrays the central problem with the first Critique. To propose possible solutions, I cite two approaches. One is adopted by Adolf Trendelenberg and the other arguably by Fichte (as interpreted by Frederick Beiser). Since the problem with the homogeneity of the transcendental object disrupts the ultimate stability of Kant's transcendental idealism, the proposed solutions deserve serious consideration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusNot published / presented only - 26 May 2022
EventHong Kong Kant Society Annual Workshop 2022: Varieties of Kantian Deduction - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 24 May 202224 May 2022


Forum/SymposiumHong Kong Kant Society Annual Workshop 2022
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Kant
  • transcendental deduction
  • Trendelenberg
  • Fichte
  • transcendental object

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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