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Manifest RealityKant's Idealism and his Realism$
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Lucy Allais

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747130.001.0001

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Navigating towards a Moderate Metaphysical Interpretation of Transcendental Idealism

Navigating towards a Moderate Metaphysical Interpretation of Transcendental Idealism

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Navigating towards a Moderate Metaphysical Interpretation of Transcendental Idealism
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Manifest Reality
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Lucy Allais

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747130.003.0001

This chapter introduces and motivates a moderate metaphysical interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism. It gives an overview of Kant’s distinction between things in themselves and things as they appear to us (appearances), and presents key features of the text with respect to both. It is argued that Kant’s saying that appearances are representations, that they exist in us, and that their existence requires a connection to possible perception strongly supports seeing him as an idealist who thinks that appearances depend on our minds, but that they do not mandate seeing him as a phenomenalist who thinks that appearances literally exist in our minds. With respect to things in themselves, the key features of the text discussed are Kant’s saying that things in themselves ground or cause appearances and his talking about things as they appear to us and these same things as they are in themselves are also discussed.

Keywords:   transcendental idealism, appearances, things in themselves, representations, idealism, phenomenalist, metaphysical interpretation

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