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Erik Christianson
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A Note on "Ought Implies Can"
It is not correct to attribute to Kant the notion that ought implies can, at least if by this is meant that we can only experience obligations for things that are within our own power to perform. I think the attribution of this sentiment to Kant is based on...
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Understanding Philosophy Through our Commitment to Practices
I want to suggest and explain a strategy I have used while interpreting Kant and which I have been more regularly inclined towards in discussion. I will try to state it straightforwardly:  Given any subject Kant discusses with regard to its form, a reader s...
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Relating the Empirical to the Moral Law
This will hopefully be a brief clarification regarding the empirical and its relation to the moral law. Kant writes of the determination of the moral law being due to a pure (non-empirical) principle. However, the empirical is related to the moral law so fa...
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Distinction Series: Historical and Rational Cognition
Kant distinguishes between cognitions that are rational and those that are historical, and while this distinction does not feature much in the critical work, it is helpful to understand it to place Kant's critical thought into a larger picture. (Kant does d...
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On a Problematic Style of 'Refutation' in Metaphysics
I have often observed a style of refutation that seems destructive, and those that practice it seem to become unwitting sophists. I hope to sketch its general form here and provide an example. The context of these refutations includes a first step where an ...
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Deriving the Table of Pure Concepts from the Table of Judgments
This is a brief attempt to show the relationship between the table of judgments and the table of pure concepts (categories). I will assume that the reader is already familiar with the table of judgments and categories, and generally what the categories are ...
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Distinction Series: Appearance and Thing in Itself
With this distinction I am attempting to clarify an apparent riddle in Kant's thought, namely, things in themselves, and why we can talk about them despite not knowing them. An object is encountered by us in a two-fold way: first, an object, so far as it is...
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Distinction Series: Concepts as Intuitable or Intelligible
Cognitions involve content given by the intuition and thought by the understanding, and so goes the motto: "thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind." However, we have concepts that cannot determine any intuition, and so can...
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Distinction Series: Pure and Empirical Consideration of an Object
There are many ways of aiming our thoughts and discourses about a topic at what is relevant to us and the distinction between the pure and empirical concerns such a directing of consideration. To understand how these modes of considering objects differ it w...
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Distinction Series: a priori Judgments and a posteriori Judgments
The distinction between a priori and a posteriori plays an important role in modern period philosophy. I'll be focusing on Kant's understanding here and so it will be important to keep in mind that the distinction is about a priori judgments and a posterior...
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