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Kant's Theory of Self-Consciousness

C. Thomas Powell


From Rene Descartes to David Hume, philosophers in the 17th and 18th centuries developed a dialectic of radically conflicting claims about the nature of the self. In the Paralogisms of The Critique of Pure Reason, Kant comes to terms with this dialectic, and with the character of the experiencing self. This book seeks to elucidate these difficult texts, in part by applying to the Paralogisms insights drawn from Kant's Transcendental Deduction. This book shows that the structure of the Paralogisms provides an essential key to understanding both Kant's critique of ‘rational psychology’ and his t ... More

Keywords: the self, Immanuel Kant, Transcendental Deduction, Paralogisms, rational psychology, self-consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198244486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Thomas Powell, author
Guilford College, North Carolina