Reference : Material Dependence and Kant’s Refutation of Idealism
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Material Dependence and Kant’s Refutation of Idealism
Heidemann, Dietmar mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM) >]
D. Reidel Pub. Co.
[en] Kant ; Refutation of idealism ; Mental content externalism
[en] The paper argues that in the Critique of Pure Reason Kant develops two anti-sceptical strategies. In the Fourth Paralogism (CPR A) he believes himself able to refute the sceptic by demonstrating that external perception is immediate. This strategy is rather unconvincing. In the Refutation of Idealism (CPR B) Kant promotes the material dependence of inner sense on outer sense. I show that Kant’s argument for material dependence has been widely overlooked, even though it is the strongest
argument against external world scepticism he develops, since it anticipates mental content externalism while preserving transcendental idealism and empirical realism.
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