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Kant's vocabulary and the question of non-conceptual content

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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The question of whether Kant should be taken as a conceptualist or not has been debated intensely in Kantian scholarship. In my talk, I explore two different issues which reflect two main research-lines of my work. The question whether the contents of perception are conceptual or not originated outside of Kantian scholarship: my first aim is to consider the problems related to how this question has been translated into it. Indeed, at a closer look, it is unclear whether the way in which this question has been transposed in Kantian scholarship really does justice to the original problem. My second aim is to answer the question of whether Kant should be taken as a conceptualist or not. In particular, I aim to do so by providing a short argument for conceptualism, which hinges on the interpretation of two passages from the Transcendental Deduction in light of the Wolffian origin of the key terms used in them.