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The Unity of Understanding: A Study in Kantian Problems

Hubert Schwyzer


This book is about Kant's account of human understanding, of our capacity to form concepts of, and to be conscious of, things in the world. It argues that the conditions which Kant lays down for understanding — conditions about the autonomy of thought, and about the relation of concepts to objects and of language to experience — cannot be satisfied within his overall picture of understanding as ‘representing something to oneself.’ The argument proceeds through a discussion of the nature of concept-possession and the relation of concepts to objects, to what it is to be conscious of anything, an ... More

Keywords: Kant, human understanding, autonomy of thought, concepts, objects, language, experience, Wittgenstein, mental representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hubert Schwyzer, author
University of California, Santa Barbara