Peircean transcendental dialectic: A tentative sketch of an absent feature in Peirce’s deconstruction of Kant’s transcendental philosophy

This entry is part 6 of 38 in the series Vol 4-2019

Abstract: Though Peirce’s “critical reconstruction” of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason didn’t concern Kant’s “Transcendental Dialectic”, it is for both logical and contingent reasons not unreasonable to speculate about a Peircean “transcendental dialectic”. In this essay, I will first outline Peirce’s early account of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, in order to suggest an explanation as to why Peirce’s “critical reconstruction” of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason didn’t concern Kant’s “Transcendental Dialectic”. I will then summarize Peirce’s “critical reconstruction” of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, in order to lay the ground for a tentative sketch of a Peircean “transcendental dialectic”. On this ground, I will finally sketch a “transcendental dialectic” articulated in terms of the system of categories that Peirce identified as a result of his critique of Kant’s system.

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