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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (2) : 255-269
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On the Issues of Transcendental Argument
CHEN Jiaming()
Department of Philosophy, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
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The transcendental approach initiated by Immanuel Kant and Peter Strawson has been the most representative contemporary exponent of this line of thinking. Barry Stroud understands this form of transcendental argument as relying on an empirical “verification principle” and hence he rejects it as unnecessary. Nevertheless, Stroud’s view is only warranted to a certain extent. In some non-empirical objective spheres, including concepts and propositions as regards general metaphysics, moral metaphysics and philosophy of religion, the transcendental approach is still necessary. In terms of quality, transcendental approach belongs to “conceptual argumentation,” which differs from experience and logic with the fundamental characteristic of setting up a theoretical antecedent before further inquiry at the level of doctrine, i.e., concepts.

Keywords transcendental argument      metaphysics      Kant      Strawson     
Corresponding Authors: CHEN Jiaming,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2012
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