Kant on the Content of Cognition

European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):200-228 (2012)

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Clinton Tolley
University of California, San Diego
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I present an argument for an interpretation of Kant's views on the nature of the ‘content [Inhalt]’ of ‘cognition [Erkenntnis]’. In contrast to one of the longest standing interpretations of Kant's views on cognitive content, which ascribes to Kant a straightforwardly psychologistic understanding of content, and in contrast as well to the more recently influential reading of Kant put forward by McDowell and others, according to which Kant embraces a version of Russellianism, I argue that Kant's views on this topic are of a much more Fregean bent than has traditionally been admitted or appreciated. I conclude by providing a sketch of how a better grasp of Kant's views on cognitive content in general can help bring into sharper relief what is, and what is not, at stake in the recent debates over whether Kant accepts a particular kind of cognitive content—namely, non-conceptual content.
Keywords Kant  Frege  content  analytic judgment  analytic/synthetic distinction  cognitive semantics
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2011.00483.x
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