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Kant and the Empiricists
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Kant and the Empiricists: Understanding Understanding

Wayne Waxman

Abstract

This book explores the transcendental philosophy of Immanuel Kant as a continuation of British Empiricism by non-empiricist means. It argues that philosophies of John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume are united not by their empiricism, but their commitment to sensibilism — the thesis that all ideas originate in being perceived, and have no existence prior to or independently of their immediate presence to consciousness in perception. These philosophies are examined in detail to expose the gaps, preconceptions, and misunderstandings that contributed to obscuring the underlying continuity ... More

Keywords: Immanuel Kant, John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume, transcendental philosophy, empiricism, sensibilism, British Empiricists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195177398.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne Waxman, author
University of Colorado