On Reconciling the Transcendental Turn and Kant’s Idealism

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693689
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745584 | DOI:
On Reconciling the Transcendental Turn and Kant’s Idealism

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This chapter starts from a distinction between Kant's ‘transcendental turn’, as a positive theory about the pure and objective but immanent structures of experience, and the additional metaphysical commitments of Kant's doctrine of transcendental idealism. Interpreters who focus merely on the ‘transcendental turn’, such as Wood, tend to do so because they fear that a metaphysical reading of Kant's idealism must lead to contradictions or a ‘demoting’ of the objectivity of experience. The chapter concludes by focusing on some supposedly contradictory passages, and by explaining how a moderate interpretation of transcendental idealism, and of the relevant meaning of terms such as ‘ideal’ and ‘in itself’, can save Kant from charges of inconsistency or absurdity.

Keywords: transcendental turn; transcendental idealism; ideal; in itself; Wood

Chapter.  10375 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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