transcendental argument


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transcendental argument

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(Philosophy) philosophy an argument designed to make explicit the conditions under which a certain kind of knowledge is possible, esp those of Kant
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Free Will and Epistemology: A Defence of the Transcendental Argument for Freedom
In this essay I will follow the first reading of the fact of reason by arguing that it is best understood as the starting point for a transcendental argument for, or deduction of, the validity of practical reason and its moral concepts for cognition.
On Kant's Response to Hume: The Second Analogy as Transcendental Argument.
Kant's transcendental argument is the answer to the question of the condition of the possibility of phenomena.
The conclusion of a sound transcendental argument is an item of synthetic a priori knowledge.
Hence whereas metaphysicians like Molnar advance metaphysical arguments for the existence of powers that are independent from their exercise (55), Bhaskar's advances the transcendental argument that experimental activity (and particularly extra-experimental application) can only be intelligible if there are causal powers/generative mechanisms that exist over and above their activity.
Because the first part of the argument is an analysis of presuppositions, it will be called a transcendental argument.
In defending Collingwood's conception of metaphysics as a form of transcendental argument, D'Oro is not denying that even for Collingwood presuppositions are deep-seated convictions to which adherents are often emotionally attached.
A transcendental argument has as its starting point a claim that concerns people's experiences or their cognitive states or capacities.
20) positions his thesis on the brink of extreme relativism by noting that: "the transcendental argument to claims of 'necessity' (in this case to the acceptance of the ontology of causal structures, powers, tendencies, and generative mechanisms, etc.
I have argued elsewhere for this claim that the only good transcendental argument is a parasitism argument.
To justify such a presupposition requires "a transcendental argument from the very possibility of the projects of communication and inquiry" (p.