Australasian Journal of Philosophy 100 (1):40-55 (2022)

Damian Melamedoff-Vosters
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
ABSTRACT One of the core issues where interpreters of Kant disagree concerns his alleged Noumenalism—the claim that the objects of our experience, which are in space and time, are underpinned by entities that are not spatio-temporal and that non-spatio-temporally cause our representations of empirical objects. Although there is much textual evidence in favour of Noumenalism, non-Noumenalists have also gathered a significant number of philosophical and exegetical challenges to such a reading of Kant. I present a novel way of understanding the Noumenalist view, which characterises the distinction between appearances and things in themselves as the distinction between referents and truthmakers. I show that, on this interpretation of Kant, the most pressing problems for the Noumenalist reading are primarily based on equivocations between features of reference and features of truthmaking.
Keywords Kant  Metaphysics  Transcendental Idealism  Truthmaking  Realism
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DOI 10.1080/00048402.2020.1842474
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