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Kant's Empirical Realism
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Kant's Empirical Realism

Paul Abela

Abstract

Immanuel 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. This book challenges that prejudice, offering a controversial presentation and rehabilitation of Kant's empirical realism that places his realist credentials at the centre of the account of representation he offers in the Critique of Pure Reason. This interpretation ranges over the major themes contained in the Analytic of Principles and relevant portions of the Dialectic. Kant's anal ... More

Keywords: Immanuel Kant, transcendental idealism, empirical realism, Critique of Pure Reason, Analytic of Principles, Dialectic, empirical truth, unity of nature, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242740
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242740.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Abela, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Acadia University, Nova Scotia