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Hostages to Stereotypes

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177398.003.0005
 Hostages to Stereotypes

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The finest early modern philosophers were adept at budgeting for subsequent change and progress so that readers would be able to devise Cartesian, Humean, Kantian, etc., solutions to almost any philosophical problems that may arise in later epochs. This chapter puts this rule to the test by examining current stereotypes predicated on the belief that subsequent progress in the abstract or empirical sciences has either refuted the doctrines of early modern philosophers or rendered them obsolete. It argues that the early modern philosophers devised their doctrines with the subtlety, flexibility, and range needed to prevent their efforts from being subsumed within any other.

Keywords: evolution; stereotypes; Immanuel Kant; John Locke; George Berkeley; David Hume; geometry; mathematics; language; cognitive science

Chapter.  17727 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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