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Kant and the Empiricists : Understanding Understanding - Wayne Waxman

Kant and the Empiricists

Understanding Understanding

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Published: 1st April 2005
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Wayne Waxman here presents an ambitious and comprehensive attempt to link the philosophers of what are known as the British Empiricists--Locke, Berkeley, and Hume--to the philosophy of German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Much has been written about all these thinkers, who are among the most influential figures in the Western tradition. Waxman argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Kant is actually the culmination of the British empiricist program and that he shares their methodological assumptions and basic convictions about human thought and knowledge.

"...an exciting story, told with clarity and an enthusiasm that is catching." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Instead of catering to our current (and perhaps short-lived) intuitions, Waxman has tried to accurately represent the views of past philosophers, and he has produced a work that is challenging and illuminating as a result."--Humane Studies Review "Kant and the Empiricists constitutes a fascinating, original, and highly distinctive project in the history of philosophy. It connects Kant to the British Empiricists from a Kantian perspective with a degree of sophistication and textual argumentation that surpasses anything that has been done before. Comprehensive in scope, it aims to show how Kant's transcendental philosophy constitutes a continuation and culmination (of a particular kind) of a line of thought that it traces through the three canonical 'British Empiricists'--Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. In recent years there has been considerable debate and discussion between 'Humeans' and 'Kantians' in ethics, much to the mutual benefit of both. However, there has not been a similar amount of cross-fertilizing discussion between 'Humeans' and 'Kantians' in metaphysics and epistemology. This book provides the basis for initiating such a discussion." --Don Garrett, New York University Waxman is not the first to connect Kant closely with Locke, Berkeley and Hume. But he is certainly the first to dissect the connections in fine detail, and to identify one crucial continuity of method. Rarely have I read such a fine commentary on the great and good. Certainly it is an excellent piece of work and it will be a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of philosophy.--T. E. Wilkerson, Mind "...an exciting story, told with clarity and an enthusiasm that is catching." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Instead of catering to our current (and perhaps short-lived) intuitions, Waxman has tried to accurately represent the views of past philosophers, and he has produced a work that is challenging and illuminating as a result."--Humane Studies Review "Kant and the Empiricists constitutes a fascinating, original, and highly distinctive project in the history of philosophy. It connects Kant to the British Empiricists from a Kantian perspective with a degree of sophistication and textual argumentation that surpasses anything that has been done before. Comprehensive in scope, it aims to show how Kant's transcendental philosophy constitutes a continuation and culmination (of a particular kind) of a line of thought that it traces through the three canonical 'British Empiricists'--Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. In recent years there has been considerable debate and discussion between 'Humeans' and 'Kantians' in ethics, much to the mutual benefit of both. However, there has not been a similar amount of cross-fertilizing discussion between 'Humeans' and 'Kantians' in metaphysics and epistemology. This book provides the basis for initiating such a discussion."--Don Garrett, New York University Waxman is not the first to connect Kant closely with Locke, Berkeley and Hume. But he is certainly the first to dissect the connections in fine detail, and to identify one crucial continuity of method. Rarely have I read such a fine commentary on the great and good. Certainly it is an excellent piece of work and it will be a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of philosophy.--T. E. Wilkerson, Mind

General introduction : the emergence of Kant's transcendental psychologismp. 1
Kant and British empiricismp. 3
Kant's extension of Humean skepticism to mathematicsp. 18
A Kantian way out of Hume's quandaryp. 49
Hostage to stereotypesp. 86
Locke's theory of ideasp. 119
Perception and the synthesis of experiencep. 150
Objective understandingp. 174
Understanding in languagep. 195
Knowledge and skepticismp. 224
Berkeley's separability principle : semantics, psychology, and ontologyp. 247
Berkeleyan idealism : the inseparability of existence, sensation, and perceptionp. 272
Objective understanding dismantledp. 293
Notions of mindp. 310
Objective understanding transformedp. 325
The pre-Humean problem of originsp. 377
From origins of ideas to ideas of origins : causality psychologizedp. 401
The nature of relationp. 456
The role of custom in associative understandingp. 499
Reasoning reasonablyp. 536
The supreme principle of Hume's theory of understandingp. 572
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ISBN: 9780195177398
ISBN-10: 0195177398
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 648
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 17.0  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 1.01