Beyond Deduction: Ampliative Aspects of Philosophical by Frederick Will

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1977), Preface, 38. 39 AMPLIATIVE AND DEDUCTIVE PROCESSES deductive ways, in consequence of results derived in this employment. Ampliative processes may be thought of as ones through which the broad organon of deductive practice alters itself. Yet, since an essential part of the process by which ampliative modifications are produced lies in the generation through them, under deductive exploitation, of certain results, it may likewise be said that deductive processes are ones through which ampliative modifications are produced.

One of the most impressive parts of Kant's theoretical philosophy, the deductions of the categories, was designed to show the validity and fix the character of these informing elements of the understanding. Corresponding arguments were to perform the same functions for the discriminated forms of intuition, space and time. These informing features were transcendental features of our knowledge, not subject to alteration due to differences of time, place, or social culture. For example, those identified with the operation of the understanding, the categories, were determined to be what they are by the transcendental unity of apperception.

Or, more precisely, whether so developed or not, they do not derive their authority from this development. Their authority lies elsewhere. So deeply embedded in Western mind is this relic of Christian theism that many who follow it in thought are oblivious of its influence. Modern philosophy, in the process of developing out of theology, retained this among other traits of its progenitor. After the model of divine commandment has waned, the commandment aspect remains and is given a new sanction, that of Reason, Experience, Nature, or even Instinct.

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