Objectivity and Insight

Paperback | January 9, 2003

byMark Sacks

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Mark Sacks presents an innovative study of the nature and scope of objectivity. He argues for a conception of objectivity that draws on a central insight of transcendental idealism, while preserving non-metaphysical orientation.The first two parts of Objectivity and Insight explore the prospects for objectivity on the standard ontological conception, and find that they are not good. In Part I, under the heading of subject-driven scepticism, Sacks addresses the problem of securing epistemic reach that extends byondsubjective content. In so doing, he considers models of mind proposed by Locke, Hume, Kant, James, and Bergson. Part II, under the heading of world-driven scepticism, discusses the scope for universality of normative structure - a problem which survives even after the assumption of anepistemologically significant breach between subject and object has been rejected.In the third part of the book Sacks introduces an alternative conception of objectivity, and shows that there is good reason to accept it. This conception turns on an insight which is taken to be implicit in transcendental idealism, and responsible for its abiding appeal; but Sacks's articulation ofthat insight is neither idealist nor metaphysical.

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Mark Sacks presents an innovative study of the nature and scope of objectivity. He argues for a conception of objectivity that draws on a central insight of transcendental idealism, while preserving non-metaphysical orientation.The first two parts of Objectivity and Insight explore the prospects for objectivity on the standard ontologi...

Mark Sacks is a Professor of Philosophy, University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.73 inPublished:January 9, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199256659

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Part I. Subject-Driven Scepticism1. Empiricist Theories of the Mind: Locke and Hume2. Kant3. James and Bergson: The Neglected AlternativePart II. World-Driven Scepticism4. From the Ecological Subject to the Domestication of Reason5. The Scope of Objectivity6. Transcendental Constraints and Transcendental FeaturesPart III. Conceptions of Objectivity7. A Compulsion to Objectivity in Experience8. A Defence of Transcendental Arguments9. Conclusion: Objectivity, Insight, and the Place of Fictional ForceReferencesIndex