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Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism - Kenneth R. Westphal

Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780521833738
Number Of Pages: 310

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This book is the first detailed study of Kant's method of 'transcendental reflection' and its use in the Critique of Pure Reason to identify our basic human cognitive capacities, and to justify Kant's transcendental proofs of the necessary a priori conditions for the possibility of self-conscious human experience. Kenneth Westphal, in a closely argued internal critique of Kant's analysis, shows that if we take Kant's project seriously in its own terms, the result is not transcendental idealism but (unqualified) realism regarding physical objects. Westphal attends to neglected topics - Kant's analyses of the transcendental affinity of the sensory manifold, the 'lifelessness of matter', fallibilism, the semantics of cognitive reference, four externalist aspects of Kant's views, and the importance of Kant's Metaphysical Foundations for the Critique of Pure Reason - that illuminate Kant's enterprise in new and valuable ways. His book will appeal to all who are interested in Kant's theoretical philosophy.

'This is an important contribution to the contemporary literature on Kant's theoretical philosophy. The book is distinguished by a novel main claim, an impressive grip on the relevant secondary literature (both past and present), a close examination of some typically neglected (but important) passages in the Critique of Pure Reason, and a sustained, rigorous, and lucid argument. No one, so far as I know, has argued for Kant's 'realism' in such a thorough way. Given both the novelty of the claim and the care with which it is supported, all future interpreters of Kant will have to take Westphal into account.' Gordon Brittain, Montana State University '... stimulating book. This is a book as rich as it is bold. I will certainly return to Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

Kant's methods : transcendental and epistemic reflectionp. 12
The metaphysics of Kant's transcendental idealismp. 36
Transcendental affinityp. 68
The gap in Kant's critique of pure reasonp. 127
Kant's dynamic misconstructionsp. 173
Kant's metaphysical proof of the law of inertiap. 205
Three Kantian insightsp. 228
Summary of Kant's transcendental proof of the legitimacy of causal judgmentsp. 269
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ISBN: 9780521833738
ISBN-10: 0521833736
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.63