Kant and the Mind-Body Problem: The Fourth Paralogism

C. Thomas Powell

in Kant's Theory of Self-Consciousness

Published in print August 1990 | ISBN: 9780198244486
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680779 | DOI:
Kant and the Mind-Body Problem: The Fourth Paralogism

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The Fourth Paralogism in A more or less refutes the thesis that nobody can be sure of the existence of the external world. The Fourth Paralogism in B appears to be reduced to a few remarks on what has been termed Immanuel Kant's ignorabimus about the mind-body problem. There is a good deal of philosophical material in this Paralogism that goes beyond that of the Refutation of Idealism and that is directly relevant to Kant's view of the self. This chapter examines two versions of the Fourth Paralogism, beginning with the formal presentation of the syllogism, in order to determine what Kant takes the Fourth Paralogism to be, to suggest likely sources for this Paralogism, and to consider in what way the discussion of the Fourth Paralogism contributes to Kant's attack on rational psychology.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; Fourth Paralogism; mind-body problem; self; rational psychology; existence

Chapter.  13703 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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