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Kant's Empirical Realism$
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Paul Abela

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242740.001.0001

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Judgement and Empirical Intuition

Judgement and Empirical Intuition

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Kant's Empirical Realism

Paul Abela

Oxford University Press

An examination of empirical realism should begin by taking seriously the radical break with the Cartesian-inspired model of cognition that Immanuel Kant's Copernican revolution announces. This chapter offers an interpretation of the role of both the constitutive principles (Axiom of Intuition and Anticipations of Perception) and the regulative principles (Analogies) of the Analytic of Principles. This interpretation shows how a robust form of realism emerges from Immanuel Kant's account of judgement. The arguments developed in the Principles are twofold. On the one hand, Kant is developing an account of the temporal structures necessary for determinate representation. Time, being the form of inner sense, has greater priority than space in this context. Consequently, the discussion of temporal considerations, relating to both the manifold of intuition (empirical intuitions) and the manifold of appearance (empirical objects), necessarily takes up the lion's share of Kant's analysis.

Keywords:   Analytic of Principles, judgement, Immanuel Kant, empirical realism, intuition, representation, time, space, appearance

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