Kant on Cognition, Givenness, and Ignorance

Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (1):131-142 (2017)
eric watkins and marcus willaschek provide a valuable service to people working on Kant’s epistemology and philosophy of mind by laying out a synoptic picture of Kant’s view of theoretical cognition. Their picture incorporates admirably clear accounts of the familiar building blocks of cognition—sensation, intuition, concept, and judgment—as well as some innovative interpretive theses of their own. Watkins and Willaschek’s basic claim is that, for Kant, theoretical cognition is “a mental state [or “representation”] that determines a given object by attributing general features to it”. So Watkins and Willaschek view Kantian cognition fundamentally as a mental state of...
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