Oct 17, 2012

Transcendental Logic

By Marsigit

Immanuel Kant (1781)elaborated the idea of transcendental logic in the second part of “Transcendental Doctrine of The Elements” of the “Critique of Pure Reason”. In this part, there are four sub topic: Logic in General, Transcendental Logic, Division of General Logic into Analytic and Dialectic, and Division of Transcendental Logic into Transcendental Analytic and Dialectic (Kant, 1781, translated by Meiklejohn, J.M.D).

 Of the Logic In General, covers two fundamental sources of knowledge: sensibility, the capacity to receive representations, which is consists of The science of aesthetic and How objects are given to us; and understanding: the power of knowing an object through representations, which is consists of The science of Logic and How an object is thought. Kant claimed that only through their union can knowledge arise.

According to Kant, there are two types of logic: Logic in general: contains absolutely necessary rules of thought, that is the logic of elements; and logic of the special employment of the understanding: contains rules of correct thinking about certain kinds of objects, that is the logic of a particular science. General logic covers: pure, an abstracts from all empirical conditions, hence it deals with mere forms of thought; and applied: an understanding under subjective empirical conditions.

Kant characterized transcendental logic as not an abstract from the entire content of knowledge; it excludes only those modes of knowledge which have empirical content; it treats the origin of modes in which we know objects. Further, Kant claimed that not every kind of knowledge a priori should be called transcendental ; only that by which we know that certain representations can be employed or are possible a priori; and space is the knowledge that the representations are not empirical is. Kant noted that the distinction between transcendental and empirical belongs only to the critique of knowledge, not to the relation of that knowledge to its objects (Kant, 1781, translated by Meiklejohn, J.M.D).

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