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Erik Christianson
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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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Distinction Series: Analytic Judgments and Synthetic Judgments
The distinction between analytic and synthetic is perhaps Kant's most important distinction; it played a substantial role in the organization of his thought, and on the substance of the central question of his critical philosophy: "how are synthetic judgmen...

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Series Introduction: Considering Kant's Method of Distinction
(It's been a while since I've written regularly. Though I have been studying philosophy - perhaps more than ever - I have given myself little time to write. I have gotten a feeling for a project that I can hopefully write on regularly and in a short format....

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Improving Critique of Pure Reason with (More) Myths
After studying Kant for a short time the manner in which he talks about our faculties had to be read as a myth (story).  The process of intuition giving objects that are then understood ( a priori ) and so delivered in an orderly manner was not meant to be ...

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Plato's Call for Philosophical Friendship
A major topic of concern in my so-called philosophical work is the problem of community. Philosophy is unable to exist without a community of thinkers in discourse. However, a community of discourse can be envisioned in many ways and it is important to cons...
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