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Is Matter Real?

Kurt Smith

in Matter Matters

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583652
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0014
Is Matter Real?

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This chapter explores the several senses in which Descartes took matter to be real. Here, this chapter revisits Plato's analogy of the divided line, introduced in Part I, our inquiry coming full circle. A connection is established between Kant's empirical and transcendental senses of ‘ideality’ and ‘reality’, and the subsections of Plato's line; Kant's distinctions correlating with the main subsections representing the Visible and Intelligible realms.

Keywords: Kant; ideality; reality; ideas; extra‐mental objects

Chapter.  4099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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