Electronic Theses and Dissertations







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Dissertation (Access Restricted)

Committee Member

Stephan Blatti

Committee Member

Shaun Gallagher

Committee Member

Mary Beth Mader


This dissertation engages critically with the metaphysical implications of the respective transcendentalisms of Husserl, Deleuze, and Kant in an attempt to disclose their largely untapped resources for a renewed consideration of the ability of science to grasp reality as it is in-itself. Chapter 1 examines the metaphysical implications of Husserls critique of natural scientific objectivity in his later transcendental philosophy in connection to his early formulations of phenomenological objectivity around the axis of the distinction between metaphysics as the science of real Being and formal ontology as the science of Being in the most universal sense. I argue that Husserls phenomenological metaphysics constitutes a framework in which the ideal Being of the transcendental dimension of experience operates as the condition for the possibility of natural scientific objectivity. Chapter 2 scrutinizes Deleuzes characterization of intensity as a transcendental concept rather than a scientific one against the background of his metaphysics of difference and his critique of the shortcomings of Kants transcendental idealism for addressing the transcendental conditions for the genesis of real experience. Through a reading of Deleuzes metaphysics of difference and intensity in connection to his confinement of the creative productivity of scientific thought to a plane of reference, I argue that the creativity apropos to the scientific engagement with material reality necessitates that such creativity is conditioned by the same transcendental considerations operative in a metaphysics of difference at a broad scale. Against the backdrop of Husserls and Deleuzes respective criticisms of the inadequacy of Kants transcendental idealism for articulating the material component of experience, Chapter 3 studies Kants later conception of ether as the simultaneously empirical and transcendental condition for the possibility and unity of experience. Through an examination of Kants renewed understanding of materiality as the necessary and sufficient condition for scientific objectivity in connection with the problematic objectivity of the transcendental ideas created by pure reason in Kants Critical philosophy, I suggest that Kants later articulation of materiality on transcendental grounds simultaneously addresses the objectivity and the creativity pertinent to the encounter of scientific Thought with material/physical reality.


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