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  1. Jennifer Mensch (2011). Intuition and Nature in Kant and Goethe. European Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):431-453.
    Abstract: This essay addresses three specific moments in the history of the role played by intuition in Kant's system. Part one develops Kant's attitude toward intuition in order to understand how ‘sensible intuition’ becomes the first step in his development of transcendental idealism and how this in turn requires him to reject the possibility of an ‘intellectual intuition’ for human cognition. Part two considers the role of Jacobi when it came to interpreting both Kant's epistemic achievement and what were taken (...)
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  2. Jennifer Mensch (2011). Understanding Affinity: Locke on Generation and the Task of Classification. Locke Studies 11:49-71.
     
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  3. Jennifer Mensch (2010). Material Unity and Natural Organism in Locke. Idealistic Studies 40 (1/2):147-162.
    This paper examines one of the central complaints regarding Locke’s Essay, namely, its supposed incoherence. The question is whether Locke can successfully maintain a materialistic conception of matter, while advancing a theory of knowledge that will constrain the possibilities for a cognitive accessto matter from the start. In approaching this question I concentrate on Locke’s account of unity. While material unity can be described in relation to Locke’s account of substance, real essence, and nominal essence, a separate discussion will be (...)
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  4. Jennifer Mensch (2007). The Key to All Metaphysics: Kant's Letter to Herz, 1772. Kantian Review 12 (2):109-127.
  5. Jennifer Mensch (2006). Kant and the Problem of Idealism: On the Significance of the Göttingen Review. Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (2):297-317.
    This essay examines the impact of the Göttingen review on Kant. Taking up each of the charges laid down in this first, critical review ofthe Critique of Pure Reason, I will argue that these criticisms stem largely from Kant’s account in his discussion of the Paralogisms, before going on to defend Kant from the claim that he altered his stance on realism—in reaction to the review—as the only hope for distinguishing transcendental idealism from the immaterialism of George Berkeley.
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  6. Jennifer Mensch (2006). Review of Paul Guyer, Kant's System of Nature and Freedom, Selected Essays. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (7).
  7. Jennifer Mensch (2005). Between Sense and Thought. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (1):81-93.
    Focusing on the account of synthesis in Kant’s Transcendental Deduction allows us to see a greater degree of compatibility between the two editions of theCritique of Pure Reason than is sometimes thought. The first Deduction shows that while it emphasizes an account of empirical synthesis it also includes a more properly transcendental account of the synthetic unity required for cognition. The second edition simply focuses on this feature of synthesis to the exclusion of the empirical. The result: a complete account (...)
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  8. Jennifer Mensch (2004). Kant on Truth. Idealistic Studies 34 (2):163-172.
    This essay discusses Kant’s account of truth, arguing that he offers us a weak coherence theory: weak for his insistence on an independent, sensuous content for intuition, coherentist for the transcendental apparatus supporting experience. While Kant is free to use the language of correspondence within experience, “empirical truth” will always be limited by the formative requirements set by “transcendental truth.” The difficulty, for Kant, is the role played by sensuous content since the sameness of this content in intersubjective experience seems (...)
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