Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Sebastian Rand - Committee Chair
Dr. Andrew Altman - Committee Member
Dr. Jessica Berry - Committee Member
Kant is famous for his use of transcendental arguments in the transcendental deduction. This thesis examines how such a transcendental argument is used within Kant’s methodological framework. Following the work of Henrich and Walker, the paper asks whether transcendental arguments in the Critique of Pure Reason are compatible with Kant’s methodology in general. We find that these arguments and Kant’s methodology are compatible, and that transcendental arguments are indeed very weak arguments by Walker’s standards. However, the entire transcendental deduction should be understood as a deduction writing that uses transcendental arguments particularly effectively according to Kant’s own methodological standards.
Cudney, Thomas Wayne, "Kant's Use of Transcendental Arguments" (2010). Philosophy Theses. Paper 62.