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A Stroll With William James by Jacques Barzun

By Jacques Barzun

With this publication, Jacques Barzun can pay what he describes as an "intellectual debt" to William James—psychologist, thinker, and, for Barzun, consultant and mentor. Commenting on James's existence, suggestion, and legacy, Barzun leaves us with a sensible and civilized distillation of the good thinker's work.

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Moreover, as noted in the first part of this paper, Kant appears (in the Critique ofPure Reason anyway) to consider it a task of transcendental philosophy to demonstrate in clearly specifiable ways how the categories are universal and necessary conditions of any possible experience. There is no place for stupidity (Dummheit) in the application of transcendentallogic. 29 There is another possible line of defense. Kant may be understood as invoking the separability of "knowing that" and "knowing how" for the reader in the ordo exhibitendi et discendi, while denying that separability absolutely.

26. , the question of whether I can know with or without knowing how I know, can be misleading. To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be stressed here that the knowledge of how the categories apply-let us call it "schematic knowledge"-need not be, any more than knowledge that the categories apply (categorical knowledge), the sort of knowledge of which the ordinary, empirical knower is aware or conscious. Still, there is necessarily a transcendental knower, to whom the knowing in each sense, categorical and schematic, is to be attributed.

Kant's Briefwechsel, vol. II, 145. Jacobi and Kant 45 import ofJacobi's ongoing struggle with the critical philosophy for the idealistic turn taken by Kant's successors in the ensuing decades are issues that form the horizon, but not the immediate object of the following investigation. Instead, the following study confines itself to the first round ofJacobi's and Kant's critical engagement with one another between 1785 and 1787. ; and third,jacobi's ensuing critique of the critical philosophy in the dialogue ldealismus und Realismus.

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