Review: Schwyzer, The Unity of Understanding: A Study in Kantian Problems [Book Review]

Philosophical Quarterly 41 (162):112 (1989)
This is an analysis of Kant's account of human understanding--of our capacity to form concepts of, and to be conscious of, things in the world. Schwyzer argues that the conditions which Kant sets forth for understanding--conditions about the autonomy of thought, and about the relation of concepts to objects and of language to experience--cannot be satisfied within his overall picture of understanding as representing something to oneself. If Kant's conditions are to be satisfied, Schwyzer argues, understanding must be seen not as a capacity for mental representation, but as a capacity for action.
Keywords Comprehension (Theory of knowledge) History
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Call number B2799.C78.S38 1990
ISBN(s) 0198248296
DOI 10.2307/2219797
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