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Locke’s Internal Sense and Kant’s Changing Views

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.003.0002
Locke’s Internal Sense and Kant’s Changing Views

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This chapter addresses three questions about the doctrine of ‘inner sense’ that Kant adapted from Locke: Why did he originally believe that a Lockean inner sense was crucial for a theory of rational cognition? Why did he then demote ‘inner sense’ in the Critique and introduce ‘transcendental apperception’ as the key faculty in cognition? How do recent criticisms of inner sense theories affect Kant’s residual uses of the notion?

Keywords: Locke; inner sense; rational cognition; inner sense; apperception

Chapter.  5434 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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