The Power of Apperception

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754823
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855889 | DOI:
The Power of Apperception

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Kant introduces ‘apperception’ both as a principle that is presupposed in cognition and as a power or faculty that creates cognition. This chapter focuses on the power/faculty of apperception and shows its relation to other notions of the self that appear in Kant’s philosophy, including his theory of the ‘psychological ideal’ and his references to a ‘noumenal’ self. It also contrasts the analysis of the argument for apperception presented in Chapter 9 with two same-sounding accounts, those of Henry Allison and Eric Watkins.

Keywords: power of apperception; faculty of apperception; psychological ideal; Henry Allison; Eric Watkins

Chapter.  9434 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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