David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 182 (3):449-473 (2011)
Standard interpretations of Kant’s transcendental idealism take it as a commitment to the view that the objects of cognition are structured or made by conditions imposed by the mind, and therefore to what Van Cleve calls “honest-to-God idealism”. Against this view, many more recent investigations of Kant’s theory of representation and cognitive significance have been able to show that Kant is committed to a certain form of Mental Content Externalism, and therefore to the realist view that the objects involved in experience and empirical knowledge are mind-independent particulars. Some of these recent interpreters have taken this result to demonstrate an internal incompatibility between Kant‘s transcendental idealism and his own model of cognitive content and the environmental conditions of empirical knowledge. Against this suggestion, this article argues that, while Kant’s theory of content is indeed best construed as externalist, an adequately adjusted form of transcendental idealism is not only compatible with this externalism, but in fact supports it. More generally, the article develops the position that mental content externalism cannot force the adoption of metaphysical realism.
|Keywords||Externalism Transcendental idealism Mental content Kant Intuition Appearance|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Lucy Allais (2004). Kant's One World: Interpreting 'Transcendental Idealism'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (4):655 – 684.
Lucy Allais (2003). Kant's Transcendental Idealism and Contemporary Anti-Realism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 11 (4):369 – 392.
Graham Bird (2006). The Revolutionary Kant. Open Court.
Quassim Cassam (2007). The Possibility of Knowledge. Grazer Philosophische Studien 74 (1):125-141.
Rolf George (1981). Kant's Sensationism. Synthese 47 (2):229 - 255.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Kenneth R. Westphal (1997). Affinity, Idealism and Naturalism: The Stability of Cinnabar and the Possibility of Experience. Kant-Studien 88 (2):139-189.
Kenneth R. Westphal (1996). ‘Kant, Hegel, and the Transcendental Material Conditions of Possible Experience’. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 33:23-41.
Kenneth R. Westphal (2003). ‘Can Pragmatic Realists Argue Transcendentally?’. In John Shook (ed.), Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism. Prometheus.
Joe Lau, Externalism About Mental Content. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Crystal L'Hote (2012). From Content-Externalism to Vehicle-Externalism. Dialogue 51 (2):275-287.
Itay Shani (2013). Making It Mental: In Search for the Golden Mean of the Extended Cognition Controversy. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (1):1-26.
Paul A. Boghossian (1997). What the Externalist Can Know A Priori. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):161-75.
Kenneth R. Westphal (2004). ‘Must the Transcendental Conditions for the Possibility of Experience Be Ideal?’. In C. Ferrini (ed.), Eredità Kantiane (1804–2004): questioni emergenti e problemi irrisolti. Bibliopolis.
Kenneth R. Westphal (2007). ‘Consciousness and its Transcendental Conditions: Kant’s Anti-Cartesian Revolt’. In Lähteenmäki & Remes Heinämaa (ed.), Consciousness: From Perception to Reflection in the History of Philosophy. Springer.
Keith Butler (1997). Externalism, Internalism, and Knowledge of Content. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (4):773-800.
Holger Lyre (2010). Erweiterte Kognition und mentaler Externalismus. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 64 (2):190-215.
Kenneth R. Westphal (2006). How Does Kant Prove That We Perceive, and Not Merely Imagine, Physical Objects? Review of Metaphysics 59 (4):781 - 806.
Dennis Schulting (2010). Kant's Idealism: The Current Debate. In Dennis Schulting Jacco Verburgt (ed.), Kant's Idealism. Springer.
Dan Zahavi (2008). Internalism, Externalism, and Transcendental Idealism. Synthese 160 (3):355 - 374.
Added to index2011-08-31
Total downloads32 ( #54,141 of 1,101,088 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #19,662 of 1,101,088 )
How can I increase my downloads?