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The Trouble with Kant

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694556.003.0006
The Trouble with Kant

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This chapter discusses a fundamental problem with Kant, which is that he is a wild and intellectually irresponsible arguer. It focuses on one particular example of this failing. It is the account he gives of the way in which the common world of experience is constructed or synthesized by applying some piece of mental apparatus — the forms of intuition and the categories — to what he calls the manifold of sensation. The chapter raises a rather elementary question on this theory, namely how the claim can be made good that the outcome of this process is just one, single world; for all of us, for each of us at different times, even for any one of us at a particular time.

Keywords: Königsberg; Kant; philosophers; experience; intuition; manifold of sensation; common world

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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