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Kant’s Thinker$
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Patricia Kitcher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.001.0001

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The Power of Apperception

The Power of Apperception

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(p.161) 10 The Power of Apperception
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Kant’s Thinker
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Patricia Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.003.0010

Kant introduces ‘apperception’ both as a principle that is presupposed in cognition and as a power or faculty that creates cognition. This chapter focuses on the power/faculty of apperception and shows its relation to other notions of the self that appear in Kant’s philosophy, including his theory of the ‘psychological ideal’ and his references to a ‘noumenal’ self. It also contrasts the analysis of the argument for apperception presented in Chapter 9 with two same-sounding accounts, those of Henry Allison and Eric Watkins.

Keywords:   power of apperception, faculty of apperception, psychological ideal, Henry Allison, Eric Watkins

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