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Kantian Conceptualism and Apperception

Kantian Conceptualism and Apperception

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 KANTIAN CONCEPTUALISM AND APPERCEPTIONbyRALEIGH MILLERUnder the Direction of Melissa McBay MerrittABSTRACTIn this paper I argue, with many leading commentators, that Kant is a conceptualist. Isupport this conclusion, argued for independently by Hannah Ginsborg and John McDowell, byappeal to the
analyticity of Kant‟s apperception principle in the transcendental deduction. I argue
that the apperception principle, if taken as an analytic proposition, implies that any mentalrepresentation that figures into discursive cognition is the product of 
a priori
synthesis. I furtherargue that making
a priori
synthesis a condition for the possibility of any mental representation issufficient to make mental representation conceptual in the relevant sense. This, I argue, stronglysuggests that Kant is a conceptualist.
INDEX WORDS: Immanuel Kant, Conceptualism, John McDowell, Wilfrid Sellars, PaulGuyer, Henry Allison, Concept, Non-conceptual content, Apperception,Critique of Pure Reason, Representation
 KANTIAN CONCEPTUALISM AND APPERCEPTIONbyRALEIGH MILLERA Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Artsin the College of Arts and SciencesGeorgia State University2009

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