Kant on Freedom of Empirical Thought


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Markus Kohl
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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It is standardly assumed that, in Kant, “free agency” is identical to moral agency and requires the will or practical reason. Likewise, it is often held that the concept of “spontaneity” that Kant uses in his theoretical philosophy is very different from, and much thinner than, his idea of practical spontaneity. In this paper I argue for the contrary view: Kant has a rich theory of doxastic free agency, and the spontaneity in empirical thought (which culminates in judgments of experience) is essentially the same sort of spontaneity found in the practical use of reason. Accordingly, the faculties of understanding and practical reason both possess genuine autonomy.
Keywords Kant's philosophy of mind  freedom of thought  spontaneity of understanding  doxastic voluntarism
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DOI 10.1353/hph.2015.0034
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