The Many Faces of Transcendental Realism: Willaschek on Kant's Dialectic

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After providing a brief overview of Marcus Willaschek's Kant on the Sources of Metaphysics, I critically reconstruct his account of 'transcendental realism' and the role that it plays in the dramatic narrative of the Critique of Pure Reason. I then lay out in detail how Willaschek generates and evaluates various versions of transcendental realism and raise some concerns about each. Next, I look at precisely how Willaschek's Kant thinks we can avoid applying the 'supreme' dialectical principle (for every conditioned there is a totality of conditions which is unconditioned) to the domain of appearances. Finally, I call into question Willaschek's efforts to appropriate the lessons of the Transcendental Dialectic without following Kant into transcendental idealism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-293
Number of pages15
JournalKantian Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • critique
  • Critique of Pure Reason
  • Kant
  • metaphysics
  • Transcendental Dialectic
  • transcendental idealism


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