Animals and Objectivity

In Lucy Allais & John Callanan (eds.), Kant on Animals. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
Starting from the assumption that Kant allows for the possible existence of conscious sensory states in non-rational animals, I examine the textual and philosophical grounds for his acceptance of the possibility that such states are also 'objective'. I elucidate different senses of what might be meant in crediting a cognitive state as objective. I then put forward and defend an interpretation according to which the cognitive states of animals, though extremely limited on Kant's view, are nevertheless minimally objective.
Keywords acquaintance   animals   intentionality   kant   perception
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