Kants Empirical Realism: Kantsempirical Realism

Hardcover | January 1, 2002

byPaul Abela

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Kant claims that Transcendental Idealism yields a form of realism at the empirical level. Polite silence might best describe the reception this assertion has garnered among even sympathetic interpreters. aul Abela challenges that prejudice, offering a presentation and rehabilitation of Kant's Empirical Realism that places Kant's realist credentials at the centre of the account of representation he offers in the Critique of Pure Reason. Abela's innovative interpretation ranges over the major themes contained in the Analytic of Principles and relevant portions of the Dialectic. Kant's analysis of the conditions necessary for determinate representation is shown to involve a realist understanding of the relation of mind and world.The realist character of Kant's account of empirical truth, and his commitment to the unity of nature, are defended against competing empiricist, pragmatist, and methodological readings.Kant's Empirical Realism will appeal to scholars and students of Kant in addition to epistemologists, metaphysicians, and philosophers of science interested in a powerful, experience-sensitive, form of realism.

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Kant claims that Transcendental Idealism yields a form of realism at the empirical level. Polite silence might best describe the reception this assertion has garnered among even sympathetic interpreters. aul Abela challenges that prejudice, offering a presentation and rehabilitation of Kant's Empirical Realism that places Kant's realis...

Paul Abela is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242747

ISBN - 13:9780199242740

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Table of Contents

1. Empirical Realism and the Priority of Judgement2. Judgement and Empirical Intuition3. Judgement and the Manifold of Appearance4. Truth and the Constraint of Possible Experience5. The Role of the Ideal of Systemacity: A Realist InterpretationBibliography, Index

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`This book provides plenty of food for thought for anyone concerned with placing Kant within the contemporary debates on realism and anti-realism and presents a compelling reason for placing him on the side of realism ... In arguing for a systematic realist account of Kant, Abela re-opens thefundamental questions of the unity of reason and the unity of Kant's system, questions that have been kept off the Anglo-American philosophical agenda for too long.'British Journal for the History of Philosophy