A Bit of Intellectual Autobiography

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI:
A Bit of Intellectual Autobiography

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This chapter focuses on Strawson's attitude towards the work of Kant. He describes how Kant's first Critique has a distinctive place in his own intellectual history. He also recalls a novel attempt to elucidate and defend a central Kantian thesis: the thesis, namely, that we are and must remain ignorant of the nature of things as they are in themselves. He refers to a book published in 1997 by Rae Langton, called Kantian Humility, which is certainly a most interesting, impressive, and scholarly exercise in Kantian interpretation. Strawson concludes with some remarks about one mildly ironical feature of philosophy in the early 21st century. If anyone is entitled to be called the founder of philosophy, it is generally acknowledged to be Plato; and if anyone could be called the father of its modern development, most of us would nominate Descartes. The irony is that to accuse a philosopher of Platonism or Cartesianism is currently felt to be a seriously damaging charge.

Keywords: P. F. Strawson; Kant; Critique; Rae Langton; Kantian Humility; Platonism; Cartesianism

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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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