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Transcendental Philosophy
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[German Version]

is an artificial technical term coined by I. Kant to characterize his methodological approach to a critique of reason. While the earlier expression transcendental derived from the transcendentals, the fundamental properties of reality in medieval ontology, transcendental philosophy refers to a form of philosophical cognition, between epistemology and ontology, “that is occupied not with objects but with the way that we can possibly know objects even before we experience them” (KrV, 21787, 43). As a philosophy of “pure, merely speculative reason” (KrV, 45), tr…

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Recki, Birgit, “Transcendental Philosophy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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