Corey W. Dyck University of Western Ontario
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I specialize in the history of German philosophy, with an emphasis on the eighteenth century. My recent research has focused on issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind in the period from Wolff to Kant
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  1. Corey W. Dyck, Beyond the Paralogisms: Kant on the Soul’'s Immortality in the Lectures on Metaphysics.
    Considered in light of the reader’s expectation of a thoroughgoing criticism of the pretensions of the rational psychologist, and of the wealth of discussions available in the broader 18th century context, which includes a variety of proofs that do not explicitly turn on the identification of the soul as a simple substance, Kant’s discussion of immortality in the Paralogisms falls lamentably short. However, outside of the Paralogisms (and the published works generally), Kant had much more to say about the arguments (...)
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  2. Corey W. Dyck, Between Wolffianism and Pietism: Baumgarten’s Rational Psychology.
    One of the primary targets in the Pietists’ campaign against the Wolffian philosophy was Wolff’s rational psychology. Taking issue particularly with Wolff’s account of the nature of the human soul and a spirit in general, the results of his demonstration of the immortality of the soul, and most of all his defense of the system of pre-established harmony, the Pietists contended that these central Wolffian doctrines were incompatible with our moral practice and with core theological claims. For his part, Wolff (...)
     
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  3. Corey W. Dyck, Materialism in the Mainstream of Early German Philosophy.
    Discussions of the reception of materialist thought in Germany in the first half of the 18th century tend to focus, naturally enough, upon the homegrown freethinkers who advanced the cause of Lucretius, Hobbes, and Spinoza in clandestine publications and frequently courted the ire of the state for doing so. If the philosophers belonging to the mainstream of German intellectual life in that period are accorded a place in the story, it is only insofar as they actively set themselves against the (...)
     
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  4. Corey W. Dyck, Spontaneity Before the Critical Turn: Kant's Views on the Spontaneity of the Mind in Context.
    In this paper I present the sophisticated accounts of the spontaneity of the mind offered by Christian August Crusius and Johann Nicolaus Tetens, and consider their overlooked influence on Kant's own attribution of spontaneity to the understanding. As I show, Kant was clearly influenced by Crusius’ and Tetens’ positions on this score, as is evident in his pre-Critical writings and in the KrV itself, and while his own account of the spontaneity of the act I think clearly departs from the (...)
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  5. Corey W. Dyck (2014). Kant and Rational Psychology. Oxford University Press.
    In this monograph, I argue that the received conception of the aim and results of Kant’s Paralogisms must be revised in light of a proper understanding of the rational psychology that is the most proximate target of Kant’s attack. Introduction. Chapter 1: The Marriage of Reason and Experience: Wolff’s Rational Psychology. Chapter 2: From Wolff to Kant: Rational Psychology in the 18th Century. Chapter 3: The Divorce of Reason and Experience: Pure Rational Psychology and the Substantiality of the Soul. Chapter (...)
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  6. Corey W. Dyck (2014). Michael Hißmann (1752-–1784): Ein materialistischer Philosoph der deutschen Aufklärung, edited by Heiner F. Klemme, Gideon Stiening, and Falk Wunderlich. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (4):852-853.
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  7. Corey W. Dyck (2013). Review of Avi Lifschitz, Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2012. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 1 (2013).
  8. Corey W. Dyck (2012). Chimerical Ethics and Flattering Moralists: Baumgarten's Influence on Kant's Moral Theory in the Observations and Remarks. In Susan Shell & Richard Velkley (eds.), Kant's Observations and Remarks: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
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  9. Corey W. Dyck (2011). A Wolff in Kant's Clothing: Christian Wolff's Influence on Kant's Accounts of Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and Psychology. Philosophy Compass 6 (1):44-53.
    In attempts to come to grips with Kant’s thought, the influence of the philosophy of Christian Wolff (1679-1754) is often neglected. In this paper, I consider three topics in Kant’s philosophy of mind, broadly construed, where Wolff’s influence is particularly visible: consciousness, self-consciousness, and psychology. I argue that we can better understand Kant’s particular arguments and positions within this context, but also gain a more accurate sense of which aspects of Kant’s accounts derive from the antecedent traditions and which constitute (...)
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  10. Corey W. Dyck (2011). Kant's Transcendental Deduction and the Ghosts of Descartes and Hume. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (3):473-496.
    This paper considers how Descartes's and Hume's sceptical challenges were appropriated by Christian Wolff and Johann Nicolaus Tetens specifically in the context of projects related to Kant's in the transcendental deduction. Wolff introduces Descartes's dream hypothesis as an obstacle to his account of the truth of propositions, or logical truth, which he identifies with the 'possibility' of empirical concepts. Tetens explicitly takes Hume's account of our idea of causality to be a challenge to the `reality' of transcendent concepts in general, (...)
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  11. Corey W. Dyck (2011). Review of Paul Guyer (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (1).
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  12. Corey W. Dyck (2011). Turning the Game Against the Idealist: Mendelssohn's Refutation of Idealism and Kant's Replies. In R. W. Munk (ed.), Mendelssohn's Aesthetics and Metaphysics.
    While there is good reason to think that Mendelssohn's Morgenstunden targets some of the key claims of Kant’s first Critique, this criticism has yet to be considered in the appropriate context or presented in all of its systematic detail. I show that far from being an isolated assault, Mendelssohn’s attack in the Morgenstunden is a continuation and development of his earlier criticism of Kant’s idealism as presented in the Inaugural Dissertation. I also show that Mendelssohn’s objection was more influential on (...)
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  13. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel Dahlstrom & Corey W. Dyck (2011). Morning Hours, or Lectures on God's Existence. Springer.
    Morning Hours is the only available English translation of Morgenstunden by Moses Mendelssohn, the foremost Jewish thinker of the German Enlightenment. Published six months before Mendelssohn's death on January 4, 1786, Morning Hours is the most sustained presentation of his mature epistemological and metaphysical views, all elaborated in the service of presenting his son with proofs for the existence of God. But Morning Hours is much more than a theoretical treatise. It also plays a central role in the drama of (...)
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  14. Corey W. Dyck (2010). The Aeneas Argument: Personality and Immortality in Kant's Third Paralogism. Kant Yearbook 2 (1):95-122.
    In this paper, I challenge the assumption that Kant’s Third Paralogism has to do, first and foremost, with the question of personal identity.
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  15. Corey W. Dyck (2009). Review: Guyer, Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (5):613-619.
  16. Corey W. Dyck (2009). Review of Scott Stapleford, Kant's Transcendental Arguments: Disciplining Pure Reason. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (4).
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  17. Corey W. Dyck (2009). The Divorce of Reason and Experience: Kant's Paralogisms of Pure Reason in Context. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (2):pp. 249-275.
    I consider Kant's criticism of rational psychology in the Paralogisms of Pure Reason in light of his German predecessors. I first present Wolff's foundational account of metaphysical psychology with the result that Wolff's rational psychology is not comfortably characterized as a naïvely rationalist psychology. I then turn to the reception of Wolff's account among later German metaphysicians, and show that the same claim of a dependence of rational upon empirical psychology is found in the publications and lectures of Kant's pre-Critical (...)
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  18. Corey W. Dyck (2009). Review: Lee, The German 'Mittelweg': Garden Theory and Philosophy in the Time of Kant. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (3):pp. 476-477.
  19. Corey W. Dyck (2008). The Subjective Deduction and the Search for a Fundamental Force. Kant-Studien 99 (2):152-179.
  20. Corey W. Dyck (2006). Empirical Consciousness Explained: Self-Affection, (Self-)Consciousness and Perception in the B Deduction. Kantian Review 11 (1):29-54.
  21. Corey W. Dyck (2006). Kant and the Leibnizian Conception of Mind. Dissertation, Boston College
    In what follows, I will detail Kant's criticism of the Leibnizian conception of mind as it is presented in key chapters of the Kritik der reinen Vernunft . Approaching Kant with such a focus goes against the current predominant in contemporary Kant scholarship. Kant's engagement with Leibniz in the KrV is often taken as limited to the refutation of the latter's relational theory of space and time in the Aesthetic and the general criticism presented in the Amphiboly chapter, inasmuch as (...)
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  22. Corey W. Dyck (2005). Descartes and Leibniz on the Concept of Substance and the Possibility of Metaphysics. In Descartes and Cartesianism.
  23. Corey W. Dyck (2004). Spirit Without Lines: Kant's Attempt to Reconcile the Genius with Society. Idealistic Studies 34 (2):151-62.
    In the Anthropology, Kant wonders whether the genius or the individual possessing perfected judgment has contributed more to the advance of culture. In the KU, Kant answers this question definitively on the side of those with perfected judgment. Nevertheless, occurring as it does in §50 of the KU, immediately after Kant’s celebration of the genius in §49, this only raises more questions. Kant rejects the genius in favour of the individual of taste as an advancer of culture, yet under what (...)
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  24. Corey W. Dyck, Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm.
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