Die semantischen Voraussetzungen von Kants Erkenntnislehre

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The semantic requirements of Kant's theory of knowledge

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Although not often underlined and sometimes even denied, language plays an important, if not explicit, role in Kant's epistemology. By looking at the trends in contemporary research, one can emphasize that the continental philosophers are mostly interested in the different sources of analytic-synthetic distinction. They have pointed out analogies and differences among these sources to estimate their contribution to the formation of further concepts of critical philosophy. Such a perspective has very clearly defined the value of the lexicon in establishing a fruitful dialogue with tradition, but has at the same time left open the question of the internal function of language and of analyticity in characterizing the critical turn. By contrast, English-speaking research, for the most part, does not question the analytic-synthetic distinction and accepts it in its canonical formulation. Rather, one tries to apply the contemporary categories of the "linguistic turn" to the passages in Kant, in which he refers to language. Regardless of whether the Kantian analytic / synthetic distinction is questioned or accepted, it plays a central role in understanding the relationship between thinking and reality in Kant and the mediating function of language therein. As a reason for this distinction, the term analyticity must first be addressed in order to investigate the possibility and limitations of a semantics in Kant's epistemology.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The semantic requirements of Kant's theory of knowledge
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationNatur und Freiheit
EditorsMargit Ruffing, David Wagner Violetta Waibel
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Kant, Erkenntnistheorie, Sprache, Semantik, Analytizität


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