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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 the Manifold of Appearance

Judgement and the Manifold of Appearance

(p.142) 3 Judgement and the Manifold of Appearance
Kant's Empirical Realism

Paul Abela

Oxford University Press

The Analogies, as testified by the sheer volume of secondary literature produced since the original publication of the Critique of Pure Reasons, constitute the heart and soul of Immanuel Kant's account of representation. The Priority-of-Judgement approach leads to a stressing of the positive requirement of an objective, causally integrated empirical domain as a necessary condition for the possibility of determinate inner content. This chapter examines the central role Kant assigns to the Analogies as the basis for the discrimination of objects and events. By characterizing the central concern of the Analogies in terms of the conditions necessary for the original discrimination of the manifold of appearance, this chapter hopes to unmask and marginalize some of the all-too-common empiricist misinterpretations of Kant's analysis. Kant's account of error, and his dismissal of scepticism (the scandal of philosophy), are also addressed. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of the progress made thus far towards establishing the five principles of empirical realism introduced in Chapter 1.

Keywords:   empirical realism, intuition, Analogies, Immanuel Kant, representation, scepticism, Critique of Pure Reason, error, Priority-of-Judgement, appearance

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