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Summary The nature of the human mind is a central concern in all of Kant's major works. His view of the mind is shaped by two fundamental distinctions: (1) activity vs. passivity and (2) form vs. matter. The paradigmatic activity of the mind, for Kant, is judgment, which involves the unification of representations through concepts. This activity is directed at intuitions/sensations, which are distinguished by our passivity in receiving them. While both judgment and intuition involve certain forms, the latter is the source of all the matter of our experience. Judgments, for Kant, are essentially connected to self-consciousness. Kant gives broadly similar accounts of practical and aesthetic experience, in each case emphasizing forms that we actively apply to the passive elements of our mental lives.
Key works The Critique of Pure Reason is taken by most scholars as the definitive statement of Kant's philosophy of mind, especially the 1787 B edition. Many of Kant's later works provide useful elaborations, however, especially the introductions to the 1790 Critique of the Power of Judgment.
Introductions The secondary literature on Kant's philosophy of mind is vast. For an overview of issues concerning the nature of the mind and self-consciousness, see Brook 2008. For an overview of Kant's theory of judgment and how it fits into his larger project, see Hanna 2008. For an introductory discussion of how Kant's views of the mind relate to his early modern predecessors, see Kitcher 2006.
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  1. Kant: Constitutivism as Capacities-First Philosophy.Karl Schafer - forthcoming - Philosophical Explorations.
    Over the last two decades, Kant’s name has become closely associated with the “constitutivist” program within metaethics. But is Kant best read as pursuing a constitutivist approach to meta- normative questions? And if so, in what sense? In this essay, I’ll argue that we can best answer these questions by considering them in the context of a broader issue – namely, how Kant understands the proper methodology for philosophy in general. The result of this investigation will be that, while Kant (...)
  2. Kant and the Problem of Self-Knowledge.Luca Forgione - 2018 - New York, Stati Uniti: Routledge.
    This book addresses the problem of self-knowledge in Kant’s philosophy. As Kant writes in his major works of the critical period, it is due to the simple and empty representation ‘I think’ that the subject’s capacity for self-consciousness enables the subject to represent its own mental dimension. This book articulates Kant’s theory of self-knowledge on the basis of the following three philosophical problems: 1) a semantic problem regarding the type of reference of the representation ‘I’; 2) an epistemic problem regarding (...)
  3. Religion and Early German Romanticism.Jacqueline Mariña - forthcoming - In Elizabeth Millan (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of German Romantic Philosophy.
    This paper explores the reception of Kant's understanding of consciousness by both Romantics and Idealists from 1785 to 1799, and traces its impact on the theory of religion. I first look at Kant's understanding of consciousness as developed in the first Critique, and then looks at how figures such as Fichte, Jacobi, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schleiermacher received this theory of consciousness and its implications for their understanding of religion.
  4. Selfhood and Relationality.Jacqueline Mariña - 2017 - In Joel Rasmussen, Judith Wolfe & Johannes Zachhuber (eds.), Oxford Handbook for Nineteenth Century Christian Thought. Oxford University Press. pp. 127-142.
    Nineteenth century Christian thought about self and relationality was stamped by the reception of Kant’s groundbreaking revision to the Cartesian cogito. For René Descartes (1596-1650), the self is a thinking thing (res cogitans), a simple substance retaining its unity and identity over time. For Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), on the other hand, consciousness is not a substance but an ongoing activity having a double constitution, or two moments: first, the original activity of consciousness, what Kant would call original apperception, and second, (...)
  5. On Wayne Waxman's Kant's Anatomy of the Intelligent Mind. [REVIEW]John J. Callanan - 2018 - Critique 2018.
    Longer review of Waxman's recent book, Kant's Anatomy of the Intelligent Mind.
  6. Kant on the Logical Form of Singular Judgments.Huaping Lu-Adler - 2014 - Kantian Review 19:367-92.
    At A71/B96–7 Kant explains that singular judgements are ‘special’ because they stand to the general ones as Einheit to Unendlichkeit. The reference to Einheit brings to mind the category of unity and hence raises a spectre of circularity in Kant’s explanation. I aim to remove this spectre by interpreting the Einheit-Unendlichkeit contrast in light of the logical distinctions among universal, particular and singular judgments shared by Kant and his logician predecessors. This interpretation has a further implication for resolving a controversy (...)
  7. Teoria crítica da sensibilidade e contrapartidas incongruentes em Kant.Marcos Seneda - 2017 - Kant E-Prints 12 (2):10-27.
    A Estética Transcendental é uma peça chave no programa de pesquisa que Kant desenvolveu e nomeou de filosofia transcendental. Ela se anuncia na Dissertação de 1770 e se configura de forma bem explícita na primeira edição da Crítica da razão pura, de 1781. O modo como Kant a concebeu permitiu-lhe separar radicalmente intelecto e sensibilidade, mas seria importante compreender a raiz dessa separação. Nesse texto procuramos mostrar que o opúsculo “Sobre o primeiro fundamento da distinção de direções no espaço”, de (...)
  8. Reason in Kant and Hegel.Alfredo Ferrarin - 2016 - Kant Yearbook 8 (1):1-16.
  9. Kant’s Categories and Their Schematism.Lauchlan Chipman - 1972 - Kant-Studien 63 (1-4):36-50.
  10. Lucy Allais, Manifest Reality: Kant’s Idealism and His Realism Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 Pp. Xii + 329 9780198747130 £40.00. [REVIEW]Jill Vance Buroker - 2016 - Kantian Review 21 (2):313-318.
  11. Replies to Critics.Lucy Allais - 2016 - Kantian Review 21 (2):303-311.
  12. Self, Reason, and Freedom: A New Light on Descartes' Metaphysics.Andrea Christofidou - 2012 - Routledge.
    Freedom and its internal relation to reason is fundamental to Descartes’ philosophy in general, and to his _Meditations on First Philosophy_ in particular. Without freedom his entire enquiry would not get off the ground, and without understanding the rôle of freedom in his work, we could not understand what motivates key parts of his metaphysics. Yet, not only is freedom a relatively overlooked element, but its internal relation to reason has gone unnoticed by most studies of his philosophy. Self, Reason, (...)
  13. Part II: The Politics of Judgment.Samuel Fleischacker - 1999 - In A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith. Princeton University Press. pp. 89-240.
  14. Hume, Jacobi, and Common Sense. An Episode in the Reception of Hume in Germany at the Time of Kant.George die Giovanni - 1998 - Kant-Studien 89 (1):44-58.
  15. Historical Pragmatics Philosophical Essays.Robert E. Butts - 1993
  16. Explanatory Unity and Transcendental Apperception.Kent Baldner - unknown - Proceedings of the Heraclitean Society 17.
  17. Helmut Folwart: Kant, Husserl, Heidegger: Kritizismus, Phänomenologie, Existenzialontologie. [REVIEW]Author unknown - 1939 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 46 (1):181-182.
  18. Kant's Rejection of the Substentiality of Human Soul.S. Bokil - 2004 - Indian Philosophical Quarterly 31 (1-4):97.
  19. The Doors of Perception: Anti-Sensationalism and Direct Realism in Reid and Kant.Rebecca Elizabeth Copenhaver - 2002 - Dissertation, Cornell University
    For Thomas Reid and Immanuel Kant, the problem of perceptual objectivity is not whether we're getting it right about the world, but whether we're getting at a world about which we can be right . This dissertation is an examination of one aspect of Reid and Kant's philosophy of mind: their theories of perception. Reid and Kant were less concerned about the truth, accuracy or justification of any particular perceptual states than they were with examining the conditions required for forming (...)
  20. The Problem of Kant's Schemata in Regard to the Speculative Sciences.Joseph John Califano - 1968 - Dissertation, St. John's University (New York)
  21. Kant and Innatism.Graciela De Pierris - 1987 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 68 (3/4):285.
  22. Kant's Critical Philosophy.Gilles Deleuze, Hugh Tomlinson & Barbara Habberjam - 1987 - Philosophical Review 96 (4):615-617.
  23. A Study of Kant's Psychology with Reference to the Critical Philosophy. [REVIEW]W. G. Smith - 1897 - Philosophical Review 6:434.
  24. Kant on Logic, Language and Thought.Mirella Capozzi - 1987 - In Dino Buzzetti & Maurizio Ferriani (eds.), Speculative Grammar, Universal Grammar and Philosophical Analysis of Language. Benjamins. pp. 97-147.
  25. The Transcendental Illusion Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'.R. Theis - 1985 - Kant-Studien 76 (2):119-137.
  26. The Faculties of the Human Mind and the Case of Moral Feeling in Kant's Philosophy.Antonino Falduto - 2014 - De Gruyter.
  27. Enigmatic Ambiguity in the Fourth Paralogism of Kant's 'Kritik der Reinen Vernunft'-A Fine Line Between Reality and Effectivity.J. J. Delfour - 1997 - Kant-Studien 88 (3):280-310.
  28. Sensibility and Understanding.S. Engstrorn - 2006 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 49 (1):2-25.
  29. Karl Ameriks and Dieter Sturma, Eds., The Modern Subject: Conceptions of the Self in Classical German Philosophy Reviewed By.Charles Ess - 1996 - Philosophy in Review 16 (4):236-238.
  30. Beatrice Longuenesse, Kant and the Capacity to Judge Reviewed By.James F. Caron - 1999 - Philosophy in Review 19 (1):37-38.
  31. An Appendix Concerning the Kant Doctrine on the Construction of Concepts by Means of Intuitions.Bernard Bolzano - 1982 - Filosoficky Casopis 30 (1):144-149.
  32. Jennifer Mensch, Kant’s Organicism: Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy.Jonathan H. Berk - 2013 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 34 (2):487-491.
  33. Tulane Studies in Philosophy, Volume III: A Symposium on Kant.J. A. Faris & Edward G. Ballard - 1956 - Philosophical Quarterly 6 (23):183.
  34. Ideal Embodiment: Kant's Theory of Sensibility.Karin G. de Boer - 2011 - Cosmos and History 7 (2):236-240.
  35. Philological Remarks on the Term "Class" in §11 of Critique of Pure Reason.Maurice Bitran - 2012 - Kant-Studien 103 (2).
  36. Acerca de la relación entre los dos tipos de esquemas de las ideas de la razón en la Crítica de la razón pura de Kant.Martín Arias-Albisu - 2012 - Areté. Revista de Filosofía 24 (1):7-24.
    “Concerning the Relationship between the Two Kinds of Schemata of the Ideas of Reason in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason ”. The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between the two kinds of schemata of the ideas of reason introduced by Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason . On the one hand, Kant holds that the schemata of reason are principles, rules or procedures (those of homogeneity, specification and continuity). On the other hand, Kant states that (...)
  37. Heidegger on Kant, Time and the 'Form' of Intentionality.Sacha Golob - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2):345 - 367.
    Between 1927 and 1936, Martin Heidegger devoted almost one thousand pages of close textual commentary to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. This article aims to shed new light on the relationship between Kant and Heidegger by providing a fresh analysis of two central texts: Heidegger’s 1927/8 lecture course Phenomenological Interpretation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and his 1929 monograph Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics. I argue that to make sense of Heidegger’s reading of Kant, one must resolve two (...)
  38. Ich denke was, was Du nicht denkst, und das ist Rot. John Locke und George Berkeley über abstrakte Ideen und Kants logischer Abstraktionismus.Alexander Aichele - 2012 - Kant-Studien 103 (1):25-46.
    The paper discusses Berkeley's classical critique of Locke's theory of generating concepts by abstraction, rebuts it, and shows that endorses Lockean abstractionism concerning the formation of empirical concepts.
  39. Das Erlebnis in Religion und Magie.Karl Beth - 1925 - Kant-Studien 30 (1-2):381-408.
  40. L’impensé de la représentation: De Leibniz à Kant.Jocelyn Benoist - 1998 - Kant-Studien 89 (3):300-317.
  41. The Completeness of Kant's Table of Judgments. [REVIEW]Daniel O. Dahlstrom - 1994 - Review of Metaphysics 48 (2):423-425.
  42. Discovering the Mind, Goethe, Kant and Hegel.L. L. D. - 1980 - Review of Metaphysics 34 (2):389-390.
  43. Discovering the Mind, Goethe, Kant and Hegel.Howard Adelman - 1982 - The Owl of Minerva 13 (3):1-3.
  44. «Wäre ihm dies klar geworden, so wäre seine Ktk. W.L. geworden«: Fichte's Auseinandersetzung mit Kant in den Vorlesungen ueber Transzendentale Logik.Alessandro Bertinetto - 2009 - Fichte-Studien 33:145-164.
  45. Mind, Body, Space, and Time.Steven M. Duncan - manuscript
    In this essay I explore some of the basic elements of consciousness from a substance dualist point of view, incorporating some elements of Kant's Transcendental Analytic into an overall account of the constitution of consciousness.
  46. What Can We Learn From Kant.Vincent M. Cooke - 1987 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 62 (4):358-368.
  47. Kant's Godlike Self.Vincent M. Cooke - 1988 - International Philosophical Quarterly 28 (3):313-323.
  48. Kant's First and Second Analogies of Experience.C. D. Broad - 1925 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 26:189 - 210.
  49. Understanding and Reason in the First Critique.Ermanno Bencivenga - 1986 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (2):195 - 205.
  50. ‘The Happy Accident’: Merleau-Ponty and Kant on the Judgment of God.Michael Berman - 2011 - The European Legacy 16 (2):223-236.
    Kant's ideas about, questions, and challenges to the Western tradition of philosophy reverberate into the third century of the reception of his texts. The writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the twentieth-century French existential and hermeneutic phenomenologist, are interlaced with engagements with Kant's ideas. Often these incidents are marked by Merleau-Ponty's critique, yet there is a noticeable recurrence of his efforts to contend with Kant's philosophy. In Merleau-Ponty's course notes, Nature (2002), he wrestles with Kant's version of nature in the Critique of (...)
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