Kantian Conceptual Geography

Hardcover | January 16, 2015

byNathaniel Jason Goldberg

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This is a work in Kantian conceptual geography. It explores issues in analytic epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics in particular by appealing to theses drawn from Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Those issues include the nature of the subjective, objective, andempirical; potential scopes of the subjective; what can (and cannot) be said about a subject-independent reality; analyticity, syntheticity, apriority, and aposteriority; constitutive principles, acquisitive principles, and empirical claims; meaning, indeterminacy, and incommensurability; logicallypossible versus subjectively empirical worlds; and the nature of empirical truth.Part One introduces two theses drawn from the Critique. The first, Empirical Dualism, concerns the subjective, objective, and empirical. The second, Subjective Principlism, concerns principles that might bear on the empirical. Part Two examines work of influential analytic philosophers to reveal howconceptually expansive the territory formed by Empirical Dualism and Subjective Principlism is. Part Three defends that territory by defending Empirical Dualism and Subjective Principlism themselves. Part Four discloses two new lands within the territory that have so far remained uncharted. Thefirst is a Kantian account of meaning, which is shown to be superior to other accounts of meaning in the analytic literature. The second are Kantian thoughts on truth, which illuminate the nature of empirical truth itself. Finally Part Five shows how engaging in Kantian conceptual geography enrichesepistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics generally.

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This is a work in Kantian conceptual geography. It explores issues in analytic epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics in particular by appealing to theses drawn from Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Those issues include the nature of the subjective, objective, andempirical; potential scopes of the subjective; wha...

Nathaniel Goldberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia. He researches at the intersection of epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language, and has an abiding interest in Kant.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:January 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and Acknowledgments: "Dostoevsky is Immortal!"PART ONE: ESTABLISHING KANTIANISM'S BORDERS1. Dualism, Principlism, Kantianism1 Kantianism2 Kantianism and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason3 Contrasting Views4 The Plan of this Work5 NaturalismPART TWO: EXPLORING KANTIAN TERRITORY2. Philip Pettit1 Response-Dependence2 Pettit's Response-Dependence and Kantianism3 From Kantianism to Noumenalism4 Complicating the Debate5 Pettit's Trilemma6 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual Geography3. Thomas Kuhn1 Pettit and Kuhn on Learning Terms2 Kuhn's Kantianism3 Residual Issues concerning Kuhn's Kantianism4 From Kantianism to Incommensurability5 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual Geography4. Donald Davidson1 Radical Interpretation and Kantianism2 Language Learning and Kantianism3 Reconcilable and Irreconcilable Differences4 The Curious Case of Swampman5 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual GeographyPART THREE: DEFENDING KANTIANISM'S BORDERS5. Defending Dualism1 Scheme/Content Dualism and (My) Dualism2 First Half of Davidson's Argument against the Scheme Side3 Second Half of Davidson's Argument against the Scheme Side4 Evaluating that Second Half5 Davidson's Argument against the Content Side6 Dualism Defended7 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual Geography6. Defending Principlism1 Kant's Principlism2 Classic Arguments against Kant's Principlism3 Carnap's Principlism4 Quine's Arguments against Carnap's Principlism5 Friedman's Principlism6 Defending Friedman's Principlism7 Principlism Defended8 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual GeographyPART FOUR: LOOKING FOR NEW LAND WITHIN KANTIANISM'S BORDERS7. From Dualism to a Kantian Account of Meaning1 Kantian Account of Meaning2 Kantian Account Explored3 Platonic Realist Account of Meaning4 Aristotelian Realist Account of Meaning5 Berkeleian Idealist Account of Meaning6 Lockean Hybridist Account of Meaning7 Hegelian Pragmatist Account of Meaning8 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual Geography8. Problems that a Kantianism Account of Meaning Faces1 First Three Putative Problems: Indeterminacy, Relativism, and Incommensurability2 Fourth and Fifth Putative Problem: Infinite Regression and Truth-Value Relativism3 Sixth Putative Problem: Empirical-Property Relativism4 Seventh Putative Problem: A Plurality of Empirical Worlds5 Eighth Putative Problem: Movability between Empirical Worlds6 The Unity of Reason7 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual Geography9. From Principlism to Kantian Thoughts on Truth1 Anthropocentric Kantian Thoughts from Kant2 Ethnocentric Kantian Thoughts from Kuhn, Carnap, and Friedman3 Un-Principled Kantian Thoughts from Pettit and Quine4 Logocentric Kantian Thoughts from Davidson5 The Historical Story in Full6 Lessons for Kantian Conceptual GeographyPART FIVE: LESSONS FOR US10. "Some Idea Had Seized the Sovereignty of His Mind"1 Subjectivity, Objectivity, Principles, and the Empirical2 Response-Dependence, Noumenalism, and Incommensurability3 Subjective Scopes and Relevant Timing4 Dualism and Principlism Defended5 Meaning, Subjectively Empirical Worlds, and Empirical Truth6 Dostoevsky Is (Still) Immortal!Works CitedIndex