Philosophers' Imprint 20 (26):1-38 (2020)

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Colin McLear
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Abstract
Kant’s conception of the centrality of intellectual self-consciousness, or “pure apperception”, for scientific knowledge of nature is well known, if still obscure. Here I argue that, for Kant, at least one central role for such self-consciousness lies in the acquisition of the content of concepts central to metaphysical theorizing. I focus on one important concept, that of <substance>. I argue that, for Kant, the representational content of the concept <substance> depends not just on the capacity for apperception, but on the actual intellectual awareness of oneself in such apperception. I then defend this interpretation from a variety of objections.
Keywords kant  self-consciousness  substance  metaphysics  representation  first-person  judgment  content
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