Kant and the Unity of Self-Consciousness

Yuxuan Ma

St. John's College, 2021

This essay attempts to illustrate Kantian thinking through multiple aspects (mediative synthesis, the non-identification with concepts, time and space, purposiveness), in order to show how Kant's concept of the unity of apperception, fundamental to these aspects of his thinking, plays a central role in the freedom we exercise in both theoretical and practical/moral judgment.

Junior Essay Prize