Kant's Epistemological Shift to Phenomenology

in Kant and Phenomenology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780226723402
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226723419 | DOI:
Kant's Epistemological Shift to Phenomenology

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This chapter examines Immanuel Kant's representationalism in the context of modern causal theories of perception, beginning with his Platonism. It focuses on the Platonic and anti-Platonic aspects of the Kantian effort to analyze the cognitive relation between ideas and things understood as the mind-independent external world or in or things in themselves. The chapter identifies difficulties in Kantian representationalism that lead him to turn toward constructivism and discusses post-Kantian efforts to save representationalism, particularly those of J.G. Fitche and Henry Allison. It also considers the relation between Kantian constructivism and modern phenomenology, and between modern phenomenology and Platonism.

Keywords: representationalism; Immanuel Kant; causal theories; Platonism; constructivism; J.G. Fitche; Henry Allison; phenomenology

Chapter.  12524 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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