This chapter shows how my essential manifestness account enables us to see how Kant can combine a genuine form of mind-dependence with a genuine empirical realism that sees objects as existing outside our minds in space. It compares his position to three contemporary positions: meaning-theoretic anti-realism; anti-realism in philosophy of science, and structural realism. It is argued that Kant’s idealism about appearances can be understood as the rejection of experience-transcendence about spatio-temporal objects. Kant denies that there is any part of spatio-temporal reality which, in principle, could not be presented to us in a possible intuition. Kant also argues that spatio-temporal appearances are essentially relational, and contain nothing absolutely intrinsic or categorical.
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