Kant's Empirical Realism

Kant's Empirical 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. Paul 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 146 x 227 x 21mm | 532g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199242747
  • 9780199242740

Table of contents

1. Empirical Realism and the Priority of Judgement ; 2. Judgement and Empirical Intuition ; 3. Judgement and the Manifold of Appearance ; 4. Truth and the Constraint of Possible Experience ; 5. The Role of the Ideal of Systemacity: A Realist Interpretation ; Bibliography, Index
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Review quote

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. * British Journal for the History of Philosophy * This book is in many respects a welcome addition to the literature on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. * British Journal for the History of Philosophy * Kant's Empirical Realism challenges and enriches our understanding of Kant's philosophy ... a rewarding book; the writing is clear, the structure is helpful and he uses some vivid examples. * Lucy Allais, Times Literary Supplement *
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About Paul Abela

Paul Abela is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
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