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Kant's Theory of Self-Consciousness$
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C. Thomas Powell

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244486.001.0001

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Kant and the Mind-Body Problem: The Fourth Paralogism

Kant and the Mind-Body Problem: The Fourth Paralogism

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(p.174) 5 Kant and the Mind-Body Problem: The Fourth Paralogism
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Kant's Theory of Self-Consciousness
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C. Thomas Powell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244486.003.0006

The Fourth Paralogism in A more or less refutes the thesis that nobody can be sure of the existence of the external world. The Fourth Paralogism in B appears to be reduced to a few remarks on what has been termed Immanuel Kant's ignorabimus about the mind-body problem. There is a good deal of philosophical material in this Paralogism that goes beyond that of the Refutation of Idealism and that is directly relevant to Kant's view of the self. This chapter examines two versions of the Fourth Paralogism, beginning with the formal presentation of the syllogism, in order to determine what Kant takes the Fourth Paralogism to be, to suggest likely sources for this Paralogism, and to consider in what way the discussion of the Fourth Paralogism contributes to Kant's attack on rational psychology.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, Fourth Paralogism, mind-body problem, self, rational psychology, existence

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