Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism
By (author) Kenneth R. Westphal
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Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism by Kenneth R. Westphal
Book DescriptionThis book is the first detailed study of Kant's method of 'transcendental reflection' and its use in the Critique of Pure Reason to identify our basic human cognitive capacities, and to justify Kant's transcendental proofs of the necessary a priori conditions for the possibility of self-conscious human experience. Kenneth Westphal, in a closely argued internal critique of Kant's analysis, shows that if we take Kant's project seriously in its own terms, the result is not transcendental idealism but (unqualified) realism regarding physical objects. Westphal attends to neglected topics - Kant's analyses of the transcendental affinity of the sensory manifold, the 'lifelessness of matter', fallibilism, the semantics of cognitive reference, four externalist aspects of Kant's views, and the importance of Kant's Metaphysical Foundations for the Critique of Pure Reason - that illuminate Kant's enterprise in new and valuable ways. His book will appeal to all who are interested in Kant's theoretical philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521833738
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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The first detailed study of Kant's method of 'transcendental reflection' and its use in the Critique of Pure Reason.
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Author Biography - Kenneth R. Westphal
Kenneth Westphal is Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. His publications include Hegel's Epistemological Realism (1989) and Hegel's Epistemology: A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of the Spirit (2003) and he has also published widely on Kant's practical philosophy.
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