Chapter

Ideality

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Theory of Mind

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238973
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238975.003.0007
 Ideality

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This chapter discusses the most general aspects of Kant's discussion of the self and gives an overview of the full range of topics that he covered in his philosophical discussion of ‘psychological’ issues. There are two especially important issues requiring further discussion here: apperception and idealism. I explain the significance of Kant's Critical distinction between ‘apperception’ and ‘inner sense’, and discuss different views on how these terms might be defined. I then discuss the radical nature of Kant's claim about the transcendental ideality of all our determinate theoretical self‐knowledge, and evaluate various hypotheses about how to interpret transcendental idealism in general.

Keywords: apperception; essence; idealism; inner sense; passivity; self‐knowledge; species; temporality; transcendental

Chapter.  27242 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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