In this impressive effort, Henry E. Allison not only provides a very extensive treatment of the Transcendental Deduction (TD) in both editions of the Critique of Pure Reason, but also examines what he regards as all relevant background writings by Kant, including material from the 1760s, the Dissertation, the notes from the “silent decade” and the Prolegomena. His careful treatment of these supporting texts should be useful not only to those concerned with the TD but also for scholars with wider interests in Kant's outlook.

For the most part, Allison conducts his inquiries in Kant's own terminology, offering clarifying explanations and critical revisions. Despite the apparent psychological nature of most of the main notions in the TD, such as apperception, synthesis, and the faculties, he continues to distance himself from psychologically oriented approaches. And although he seems to think that what he...

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