Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and his Realism by Lucy AllaisManifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and his Realism by Lucy Allais

Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and his Realism

byLucy Allais

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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At the heart of Immanuel Kant's critical philosophy is an epistemological and metaphysical position he calls transcendental idealism; the aim of this book is to understand this position. Despite the centrality of transcendental idealism in Kant's thinking, in over two hundred years since thepublication of the first Critique there is still no agreement on how to interpret the position, or even on whether, and in what sense, it is a metaphysical position. Lucy Allais argue that Kant's distinction between things in themselves and things as they appear to us has both epistemological andmetaphysical components. He is committed to a genuine idealism about things as they appear to us, but this is not a phenomenalist idealism. He is committed to the claim that there is an aspect of reality that grounds mind-dependent spatio-temporal objects, and which we cannot cognize, but he doesnot assert the existence of distinct non-spatio-temporal objects. A central part of Allais's reading involves paying detailed attention to Kant's notion of intuition, and its role in cognition. She understands Kantian intuitions as representations that give us acquaintance with the objects of thought. Kant's idealism can be understood as limiting empirical realityto that with which we can have acquaintance. He thinks that this empirical reality is mind-dependent in the sense that it is not experience-transcendent, rather than holding that it exists literally in our minds. Reading intuition in this way enables us to make sense of Kant's central argument forhis idealism in the Transcendental Aesthetic, and to see why he takes the complete idealist position to be established there. This shows that reading a central part of his argument in the Transcendental Deduction as epistemological is compatible with a metaphysical, idealist reading oftranscendental idealism.
Lucy Allais completed her BA degree at Johannesburg before going to Oxford to study a BPhil and DPhil. She worked for a number of years at Sussex University, and is currently jointly appointed as a Professor in Philosophy at the University of Witwatersrand and as Henry Allison Chair of the History of Philosophy at the University of Cal...
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Title:Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and his RealismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: Textual Evidence and an Interpretative Pendulum1. Navigating towards a Moderate Metaphysical Interpretation of Transcendental Idealism2. Why Kant is Not a Phenomenalist3. Things in Themselves Without Noumena4. Against Deflationary InterpretationsPart Two: Manifest Reality5. Essentially Manifest Qualities6. The Secondary Quality Analogy7. Concepts and Intuitions8. The Argument for Transcendental Idealism in the Transcendental AestheticPart Three: Kant's Idealism and his Realism9. Relational Appearances10. Intrinsic Natures11. The Transcendental Deduction: Relation to an Object12. The Possibility of MetaphysicsBibliographyIndex