The Kantian Theory

Christopher Gauker

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Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599462
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729225 | DOI:
The Kantian Theory

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The 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant ascribed to concepts a dual role. Concepts were the building blocks of judgments, but they were also rules by which the manifold given in intuition is synthesized to form perceptual representations. This chapter argues that the conception of concepts as rules of synthesis is a mistake. The chapter also reviews Kantian conceptions of concepts in contemporary psychology and philosophy. In the course of this discussion it is argued that perceptual representations do not have conceptual content and do not provide justifications for beliefs.

Keywords: Kant; synthesis; intuitions; judgments; schemata; Barsalou; McDowell

Chapter.  17963 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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