Perspective, unity, and scope of Kant's criticisms to two interpretations of "exists": Kritik der reinen Vernunft A 592-602/8 620-630 (II)

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Abstract

This essay interprets KrV A 592-602/B 620-630 not only as a refutation of the ontological argument, but as the place where Kant faces a more radical question: how is it possible for the human understanding - considered from the point of view of general logic - to predicate existence? The second part argues that Kant's discussion of the thesis "'exists' is not a real predicate" is a contribution to the solution of that question which is independent of the discussion of the ontological argument.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)583-600
Number of pages18
JournalAnuario Filosofico
Volume44
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Actuality
  • Conceptual form
  • Kant
  • Possibility
  • Real predicate

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