Kant’s (Non-Question-Begging) Refutation of Cartesian Scepticism

Kantian Review 24 (1):77-101 (2019)

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Colin Marshall
University of Washington
Abstract
Interpreters of Kant’s Refutation of Idealism face a dilemma: it seems to either beg the question against the Cartesian sceptic or else offer a disappointingly Berkeleyan conclusion. In this article I offer an interpretation of the Refutation on which it does not beg the question against the Cartesian sceptic. After defending a principle about question-begging, I identify four premises concerning our representations that there are textual reasons to think Kant might be implicitly assuming. Using those assumptions, I offer a reconstruction of Kant’s Refutation that avoids the interpretative dilemma, though difficult questions about the argument remain.
Keywords Kant  skepticism  Descartes  question-begging  Refutation of Idealism
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DOI 10.1017/s1369415418000535
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Critique of Pure Reason.Immanuel Kant & Norman Kemp Smith - 1966 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 26 (3):449-451.
Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality.Eric Watkins - 2005 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 68 (3):624-626.

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