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Kant and the Empiricists

Wayne Waxman

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177398.001.0001

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Kant and the Empiricists

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This book explores the transcendental philosophy of Immanuel Kant as a continuation of British Empiricism by non-empiricist means. It argues that philosophies of John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume are united not by their empiricism, but their commitment to sensibilism — the thesis that all ideas originate in being perceived, and have no existence prior to or independently of their immediate presence to consciousness in perception. These philosophies are examined in detail to expose the gaps, preconceptions, and misunderstandings that contributed to obscuring the underlying continuity and unity of their thought. The book is divided into four parts. The General Introduction presents four chapters dealing with the philosophies of Kant and Hume. Part I explores Locke’s new model philosophy. Part II discusses Berkeley’s theory of understanding. Part III focuses on Hume’s associationism.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; John Locke; George Berkeley; David Hume; transcendental philosophy; empiricism; sensibilism; British Empiricists

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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Kant and British Empiricism in Kant and the Empiricists

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A Kantian Way Out of Hume's Quandary in Kant and the Empiricists

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Hostages to Stereotypes in Kant and the Empiricists

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Locke's Theory of Ideas in Kant and the Empiricists

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Objective Understanding in Kant and the Empiricists

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Understanding in Language in Kant and the Empiricists

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Knowledge and Skepticism in Kant and the Empiricists

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