Consciousness, Self-consciousness, and Cognition

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
Consciousness, Self-consciousness, and Cognition

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This chapter explains some of the puzzles about self-consciousness that bedeviled Locke, Leibniz, and Kant’s less well-known predecessors, Wolff, Crusius, and Merian. It presents Leibniz’s unusual theory of apperception. It also looks at several episodes in the lively debate about the priority of self-consciousness versus object cognition that seems to stand behind Kant’s unusual claim that self-consciousness and object cognition are necessary and sufficient conditions for each other.

Keywords: Locke; Leibniz; Wolff; Crusius; Merian; self-consciousness; apperception; self-consciousness and object cognition

Chapter.  5169 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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