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The Allure of Idealism

Barry Stroud

in Understanding Human Knowledge

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252130.003.0007
 The Allure of Idealism

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Stroud explicates what is required of the Kantian project in order for it to establish the failure of scepticism or a significant contribution thereto. Stroud works out the conceptual relations between transcendental arguments in epistemology and an idealist background, and concludes that the Kantian project cannot fully answer the challenge of scepticism. Stroud further argues that Jonathan Lear's Kantian reading of the later Wittgenstein, alluring the latter into the realm of idealism, does not succeed to the extent desired by Lear.

Keywords: epistemology; idealism; Kant; Jonathan Lear; scepticism; transcendental arguments; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  6808 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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