Kant and the Scientific Study of Consciousness

History of the Human Sciences 23 (3):48-71 (2010)

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Thomas Sturm
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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We argue that Kant’s views about consciousness, the mind-body problem, and the status of psychology as a science all differ drastically from the way in which these topics are conjoined in present debates about the prominent idea of a science of consciousness. Kant did never use the concept of consciousness in the now dominant sense of phenomenal qualia; his discussions of the mind-body problem center not on the reducibility of mental properties but of substances; and his views about the possibility of psychology as a science did not employ the requirement of a mechanistic explanation, but of quantification of phenomena. This shows strikingly how deeply philosophical problems and conceptions can change even if they look similar on the surface.
Keywords Kant  consciousness  qualia  introspection  psychology  materialism
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DOI 10.1177/0952695110363355
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