Kant’s Idealism on a Moderate Interpretation

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693689
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745584 | DOI:
Kant’s Idealism on a Moderate Interpretation

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This chapter defends a ‘moderate’ reading of Kant's central doctrine of transcendental idealism that does not retreat from giving it an explicitly metaphysical meaning, and yet also shows how this meaning implies a ‘weighty’ objective understanding of ‘appearance’, with realistic implications at both the empirical and transcendental levels. This interpretation has similarities with recent interpretations by Allais and Rosefeldt, who point out analogies with contemporary treatments of secondary qualities as having an objective as well as subjective aspect. The moderate interpretation is then compared with Hanna's ‘naturalist humanist’ treatment of Kant, which also reads Kant's idealism in an objective way, but one that is less metaphysical and also more difficult to connect with theoretical science and Kant's practical philosophy.

Keywords: transcendental idealism; secondary quality; scientific realism; humanism; Allais; Rosefeldt; Hanna

Chapter.  12604 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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