amphiboly


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an ambiguous grammatical construction

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In the "Appendix On the amphiboly [confusion] of the concepts of reflection.
Acknowledging the deliberate amphiboly of Heidegger's usage of the word, Young suggests: "In an imperfect world, it is hot uncommon to find genius go hand in hand with a touch of charlatanry (or, more charitably, showmanship)" (p.
2/1 (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1995), 413-24, who both discuss the relation between the Amphiboly of the Concepts of Reflection (CPR, A265-6, 277-8, 282-6) and the Second Law of Mechanics in the Metaphysical Foundations.
Instead, one may well suspect that in the end, Kant may have been obliged to abandon his commitment to respect the incommensurateness of the faculties, and, wittingly or not, himself committed the fallacy of transcendental amphiboly he laid at the door of Leibniz (for intellectualizing the sensible) and Locke (for sensibilizing the intellectual).
Of course, this homogeneity would seem to pale into insignificance when contrasted with the heterogeneity implied in its sensible, strictly intuitive nature; for how, short of the amphiboly of intellectualizing time - in effect, making it a predicable of the categories(48) - could it be supposed to be thinkable merely on the ground that it is pure?
Kant believed he could immunize himself against transcendental amphiboly if nothing in his account of the advent of thought was borrowed from, or in any way dependent on, the specific nature of either the form of intuition as space and time or its matter as sensation (color, sound, smell, and so forth).
However, as it stands, this way of construing Kant's definition of a category is inadequate: by seeming to prescribe the direct application of a logical function of judgment to the synthesis of the manifold in imagination, it does not reckon with the radical heterogeneity of these faculties, and so verges on transcendental amphiboly.
In other words, resort to the deus ex machina of a thinkable pure synthesis would suffice to convict Kant of the very amphiboly of which he accused Leibniz.