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AuthorBuroker, Jill Vance. author
TitleSpace and Incongruence [electronic resource] : The Origin of Kant's Idealism / by Jill Vance Buroker
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1981
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Descript VII, 145 p. online resource


Kantian transcendental idealism is the thesis that fundamental aspects of experience are contributed by the perceiving subject rather than by the things experienced, and are not features of things as they exist independently of sensible perceivers. This is undoubtedly the most striking and at the same time the most puzzling of Kant's Critical views. It is striking because nothing could be less commonsensical than the beliefthat things as we perceive them have nothing in common with things as they are independently ofbeing perยญ ceived. From a more technical point of viewthe doctrine is puzzling because Kant apparently does not support it very well. Beginning with Kant's conยญ temporaries, critics have pointed out that among all the arguments for the theory in the CritiqueofPureReason, none entails the conclusion that things in themselves cannot be like objects of sense experience in any way. So, for example, although transcendental idealism is compatible with Kant's theory of synthetic a priori knowledge, there is nothing in the analysis of the synยญ thetic a priori ruling out the possibility that features contributed to experiยญ ence by the perceiving subject correspond to characteristics of things in themยญ selves, although we might never know this to be so. And even though Kant sees transcendental idealism as a solution to the Antinomies, this is at best indirect support for the view;there are undoubtedly other ways to get around these traditional metaphysical puzzles


1 / Absolute and Relational Theories of Space -- 2 / Kant's Leibnizian Heritage -- 3 / Incongruent Counterparts and the Nature of Space -- 4 / Incongruent Counterparts and the Nature of Sensibility -- 5 / Incongruent Counterparts and Things in Themselves -- 6 / Kant's Metaphysics of Space and Motion -- Conclusion / The Significance of Incongruent Counterparts

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