The Myth of Cartesian Certainty: Epoché and Inner Sense

Jay F. Rosenberg

in Thinking about Knowing

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199251339
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598326 | DOI:
 The Myth of Cartesian Certainty: Epoché and Inner Sense

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Critically addresses the notion of certainty that ostensibly attaches to immediate experience in consequence of its radical subjectivity. Neither Descartes's cogito nor Kant's notion of ‘inner sense’ issues in substantial incorrigible beliefs. Both rather yield either judgements that are trivially ‘infallible’ by virtue of making no truth‐claim or reports of perceptual experiences that do not exclude the possibility of error. The illusion of subjective incorrigibility results from the fact that ordinary judgements of appearance combine both of these aspects.

Keywords: appearance; certainty; cogito; immediate experience; incorrigibility; inner sense; Kant; subjectivity

Chapter.  19720 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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